Greenon schools will use surplus donated computers from the federal government next year, paying only the cost of shipping.
The Greenon Local School District received a technology donation of 240 laptop computers that will be used to create mobile labs in the district’s buildings and replace outdated equipment.
The most recent donation, valued at $449,000, brings Greenon’s total technology donations in 2013 to $615,000 and 683 new pieces of equipment.
The donations have been made through the Federal Acquisition Service’s Computers for Learning program, which matches educational entities like school districts to federal agencies that have retired computers and related equipment to donate at only the cost of shipping.
“Our district has great need for new, updated technology for our students, but we also have significant financial needs and a looming deficit that makes investing in technology difficult,” said Superintendent Dan Bennett. “Through these donations, we have been able to improve our technology to enhance instruction and learning in the district without burdening our limited budget.”
The technology donations have been used to replace outdated computers and equipment throughout the district this fall, and the laptops will be used to create mobile labs that students can use in the classrooms in each building.
“Students of today need to be fluent in various forms of technology to prepare them to be successful in their lives after Greenon, and fluency is only achieved through thousands of hours of hands-on practice,” said Jim Shaner, director of Instructional Technology and STEM teacher at Greenon High School.
The district said the technology will help them prepare their students for 21st century jobs.