by Jordan Green

Monitoring the economic pulse of the Triad

Vendor pledges to replace tablets to Guilford County Schools

Amplify, the Brooklyn-based vendor, has agreed to replace an entire set of tablets with brand new devices, Guilford County Schools announced last week.

“We recognize and take very seriously the concerns you have raised with the hardware and equipment provided,” CEO Joel Klein wrote in an Oct. 24 letter. “On behalf of Amplify, I would like to reiterate that resolving these concerns is a top priority.”

The pledge did not come with a timeline. “We are still in the process of selecting a replacement option,” Klein said. “This is an important decision, and it will take some time to reach the right choice. We will update you with more information as it becomes available, and we will look for your input throughout this process.”

UPS provides free copies to Forsyth teachers

The UPS Store on Knollwood Street in Winston-Salem is providing all public and private school teachers in Forsyth County with 100 free copies — an offer good for the rest of the school year. The store is asking schools to submit their rosters. Teachers may take advantage of the offer on Tuesdays and Saturdays only.

“Photocopying is a large expense and one that our school administrators have to keep a close watch on,” said NC Rep. Ed Hanes Jr. (D-Forsyth), who approached the UPS Store.

Amy-Ruth Hallett, who owns the store, said, “Representative Hanes has consistently updated us on the policymaking in Raleigh and how it impacts constituents across his district. I was particularly moved when he told me of the amount of copying that had to be done and the limitations that were necessarily being placed on that line item due to budget cutting.”