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Henrico halts $17M deal for thousands of laptops

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

A multi-million dollar laptop contract for Henrico students has been stopped.

Plans to buy nearly 19,000 laptops are on hold. The deal between Henrico and Dell is worth more than $17 million, but isn't closed yet.

County Manager John Vithoulkas says the vote approving the deal didn't happen the right way, because it wasn't listed on the agenda. There was no public comment, and there's no clear direction how these computers are to be procured.

Vithoulkas is quoted in Thursday morning's Richmond Times-Dispatch asking the school board to point out where exactly $17.6 million is going to come from.

In a week, the school board says it will explain the plan in detail, but for now, the order for new laptops is on hold.

All purchases with taxpayer money have to go through an extensive and public process. Henrico's new County Manager is saying that's not what happened.

For now, it remains unclear as to whether thousands of Henrico students will be getting new laptops. 

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