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Haymarket cuts $20K check to BHS for iPad lab

Last month, the Haymarket Town Council voted to give $20,244 to Battlefield High School for an Apple iPad Learning Lab, fulfilling the last of five donations related to a proffer deal struck with a residential developer.
While the total cost of everything affiliated with the center turned out to be $21,901 without sales tax, the town's check covered about 92 percent of the price tag.
Included on Battlefield's wish list are five iPad 2 10GB Wi-Fi-enabled computers worth $399 each; two 10-packs of those with an additional feature valued at $4,580 each; a learning lab with 10 iPad 2s valued at $7,059; 35 iPad polyurethane smart cases worth $49 each; four connection kits and two VGA adapters all priced at $29 each; and an Apple TV worth $99.
Haymarket had the money to dish out to Battlefield based on a proffer agreement struck with the home builder D.R. Horton when the company bought and developed the Alexandra's Keep subdivision of townhouses during the last decade within the town's borders.
Part of the agreement struck with the town required the developer to give $101,220 to the town to offset education expenses.
Other western Prince William County schools already received their payments, including Bull Run Middle School, Ronald Reagan Middle School, Buckland Mills Elementary School and Tyler Elementary School.
Like Battlefield, each of those schools include students who live in Haymarket.
Town of Haymarket clerk Jennifer Preli confirmed on Monday night after the regularly scheduled monthly Town Council meeting that the town distributed the check in February.
Meanwhile, at the March 4 meeting, the town council voted to donate an 11-year-old police cruiser to the Northern Virginia Cigarette Tax Board.
"We stripped it of the town assets," said Preli about the 2002 vehicle valued at less than $1,500.
In other news, the council also voted to hold a budget meeting on March 19 and a continuation meeting on March 24.
Both meetings are open to the public and are set to be held at Town Hall, located at 15000 Washington Street.
The latter meeting is being called for the council to enter into closed, execution session in order to discuss four candidates for the vacant town manager position.
It became open after former manager Gene Swearingen resigned after being suspended with pay in December in the midst of an unspecified investigation.
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