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Central City Sets Laptop Standards

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CENTRAL CITY - Soon students in the Central City School District won't have to worry about whether or not they'll have a computer to use. Starting this fall, students there will have their very own laptops.

Computer time is hard to come by for Central City students. Finding a free keyboard during class time can be a challenge.

"You have to claim your territory," says Sophomore Kolin Schmidt.

Claim a computer before someone else steps in. This fall, friendly fights over tech time will fade. The district is making a hefty purchase.

"A total of about 380 computers," says Superintendent John Dotson.

Meaning classrooms will be littered with laptops. All students in fifth through twelfth grades and their teachers will have their own portable computers for use at school and at home.

"Apple has not worked with any other district to roll out a program of this magnitude," says Dotson.

A program that puts laptops in eight different grade levels.

"It'll be way easier to use than the computers now because they're so slow," says Freshman Paige Howe.

Improving computer speed won't push back any other school projects or affect funding for a new gymnasium.

"We will pay for it strictly out of the SILO funds passed in Linn County this past year," says Dotson.

The laptops will be strictly for school subjects, and will come equipped with filters and blockers.

"It will be very difficult for students to get on websites we don't want them on," says Dotson.

But very easy for students to incorporate laptops into the learning process.

The district will have an insurance policy to cover any broken or dropped laptops. The district didn't forget about the younger students. The Kindergarten through fourth grade levels will have mobile computer labs that travel from classroom to classroom.

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