Cary District 26 to buy one new computer for every classroom

CARY – Every classroom in the district will have at least one new computer.

The District 26 school board Monday approved buying 210 computers for $160,815 from ACT Network Solutions, which will be enough to replace at least one computer in each classroom in the district. This money is coming from the 2013-14 budget.

The plan also allows for office computers to be replaced, Technology Coordinator Andrew Fitzsimons said at last week’s Finance Committee meeting.

Each classroom has three computers, but the district cannot replace all computers at once because of financial constraints, Superintendent Brian Coleman said.

This is a change in the district’s technology plan.

Originally, the district planned to replace all classroom computers at Briargate and Deer Path schools during the 2013-14 school year for about $170,000. Three Oaks and Cary Junior High classrooms would have had computers replaced in 2014-15.

“Rather than focusing on Deer Path and Briargate, we’re focusing on all four buildings,” said Valerie McCall, director of curriculum and instruction.

The change in the technology plan comes after teachers and staff dealt with slow login times and network speeds.
During the school year, a network consultant checked a number of aspects to solve the problem. It eventually was determined the problem was the computers.

The district even bought three test computers to plug in at all schools during heavy login times.

“The problem of slow login and network speeds was eliminated,” Fitzsimons wrote in a memo to the school board. “This confirmed what we were seeing in the labs at Deer Path and Three Oaks, whose labs were replaced by their PTOs and were not experiencing slow speed.”

The district has been utilizing used computers it received from another school district.

During last week’s Finance Committee meeting, Fitzsimons said those computers “have reached their limit. They can’t be pushed any further.”

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