Dublin student Chromebooks on backorder until at least November

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DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Students in Dublin will have to do without Chromebook for a few weeks. Officials with Dublin City Schools say they ordered the devices in the summer for the entire student body.

The Chromebooks were supposed to arrive in September, but the vendor says there is a backorder until at least November due to several factors, including a nationwide demand and COVID-19 restrictions on imports.

“Device demand in K-12 nationwide is up exponentially year-over-year and supply remains constrained from COVID and restrictions on import,” according to a representative with CDW.

In the meantime, Dublin school leaders say they are supplying devices to students in the most need. Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams says the district’s Technology Department is supplying all students with devices who indicated a need as part of a Technology Needs Assessment Survey conducted over the summer.

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Shelby Coates is an evening anchor/producer at 41NBC News. She anchors the 5, 5:30, and 6 evening newscasts. She also works behind the scenes producing the 5:00pm and managing newsroom assignments. She returns to 41NBC after working in Evansville, Indiana as the Morning/Noon Anchor and Executive Producer for WEVV. Shelby also spent time in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she spent three years anchoring and producing the weekend morning newscasts at WSPA-TV. She also worked as a general assignment reporter, receiving several honors for her investigative and consumer reporting. Shelby has spent time working as a news anchor/reporter in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Macon, Georgia; and Abilene, Texas. Shelby is a native of Clarksville, Tennessee. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in sociology. Shelby has a passion for empowering local communities, church ministry, public speaking, strengthening women and mentoring young people.