Computers are aging as school funds d...

Computers are aging as school funds dwindle

There are 52 comments on the Public Opinion story from Sep 1, 2010, titled Computers are aging as school funds dwindle. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Keeping it running: Diana Dittmar, micro computer technician, takes apart a laptop to repair Wednesday at the Chambersburg Area School District offices.

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Horse Valley

Shippensburg, PA

#1 Sep 2, 2010
I'll bet the school districts have continued to spend money on sports programs. We end up with graduates who can play soccer but can't balance a checkbook. It is time to get spending priorities on track with education and not sports.
FOR SURE

Fleetwood, NC

#2 Sep 2, 2010
Now, come on...we all know that they will be opening a Banking Branch at the High School for the chosen few people allowed to use this bank so the little ones can learn how to balance a checkbook.

Lets hope that they at least keep up with the computers for the schools.

Oh wait, they can always increase the school tax to pay for all this new equiptment.

The Taxpayer will not know anyway. A few will complain, but when it is explained that it is for the KIDS all will be well.
Dabadoo

Carlisle, PA

#3 Sep 2, 2010
Make it work. There are schools all over the nation that don't even have computers. I think we'll be alright.

Since: Aug 10

Culpeper, VA

#4 Sep 2, 2010
Horse Valley wrote:
It is time to get spending priorities on track with education and not sports.
You're absolutely right, but comments like that will get you banned from American society. Your observation is why countries that don't have mega sports programs are always reported to have better test scores and education than American students...and are now taking the best professional jobs in medicine and engineering from scratching Americans. Don't misunderstand, I have co-workers who were star athletes.....they're the ones hobbling around and getting multiple surgeries to repair old injuries.(lol)
GETREAL

Reading, PA

#5 Sep 2, 2010
Dabadoo wrote:
Make it work. There are schools all over the nation that don't even have computers. I think we'll be alright.
If the puters are NOT running windows 98 and are xp or better, they are good to go for the next ten years. This school district needs to GET REAL.. They built a monstrosity that was not needed..
GETREAL

Reading, PA

#6 Sep 2, 2010
Horse Valley wrote:
I'll bet the school districts have continued to spend money on sports programs. We end up with graduates who can play soccer but can't balance a checkbook. It is time to get spending priorities on track with education and not sports.
If you need a computer to balance a checkbook, you are in sad sad shape. How did people balance checkbooks before computers? DUH..........
Horse Valley

Shippensburg, PA

#7 Sep 2, 2010
If you need a computer to balance a checkbook, you are in sad sad shape. How did people balance checkbooks before computers? DUH..........

I am referring to the level of education students receive and the use of educational funds. Funny how you got that out of my comment.

“Manhattan Computer Products”

Since: Aug 10

Oldsmar, Florida

#8 Sep 2, 2010
IT spending is like any other spending and must be done wisely. I've had to work with school districts that were upgrading and replacing equipment, on several occasions. School districts are prime contracts for many businesses and some of the businesses view them as simple cash cows. IT departments are often flooded with software requests that are expensive and benefit only a few people.

Some schools have touch screen systems for the lunch room systems, why? A mouse is cheaper and able to be replaced for far less than a touch screen. Schools could also cut costs by incorporating their technical classes with practical application, such as keeping their equipment up. Replacing add-on cards, rather than relying on main boards with everything built on is one way to save costs. When students have invested their own time (and grades) into the equipment, they are more prone to take care of it. It also provides the students a sense of accomplishment, especially if a special class exercise may be to repair and update computers used by an elementary school classroom. It is not just in hardware, but imagine if a class project is to provide the shell of a program that will be used for some other school function. These would provide excellent education for the kids and provides them real world experience, that they could use for work later in life.

While software for that networks the entire district is expensive, local software does not have to be. There are many options available to cut costs, like "Open-Office" which does not have the costs related to it that the Microsoft products do. Keep the money going for the truly complicated infrastructure, but it is easy to save money on keeping individual computers up.
pete

Carlisle, PA

#9 Sep 2, 2010
i am in IT sales and can tell you that they have been told over and over about virtualizing their servers and their desktops but just would not do it. this situation was entirely avoidable and still is. interesting though that almost all of the fortune 100 companies have already gone virtual yet the taxpayers have to wait for public sector to wake up.
kids lose
And

United States

#10 Sep 2, 2010
dwaldman wrote:
Some schools have touch screen systems for the lunch room systems, why? A mouse is cheaper and able to be replaced for far less than a touch screen.
Yes, and how much would the hand sanitizer cost if they kept a mouse? Sarcasm alert! God knows the little darlings might catch a bug or something if they all had to use a mouse!
OLD TEACHER

Fleetwood, NC

#11 Sep 2, 2010
We have come a long way from the ABC of education.

Today, the children have no clue as to how to write a check, let alone balance a check book.

It's a sad day when the children can not write with pen and paper. let alone know how to spell.

Keep up the good work, EDUCATORS,you will destroy America just so you can have your name on some building.

It's past the time we give the classroom back to the TEACHERS.

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#12 Sep 2, 2010
i wonder why the United States is no longer in the top 20 of educated world
WheresDaBacon

Chambersburg, PA

#13 Sep 2, 2010
Nice Fancy buildings!!!!
Shame the Wont Learn anything...They Will Learn How To waste money On Fancy Stuff That serves no Purpose.
Really

Chambersburg, PA

#14 Sep 2, 2010
I would think if we cut back on administrative trips to disney world and where ever else they would have the money to upgrade....
assik juhad mohammed

Chambersburg, PA

#15 Sep 2, 2010
Really wrote:
I would think if we cut back on administrative trips to disney world and where ever else they would have the money to upgrade....
we need to do it the old fashion way, conquer the infidel and take their gold
Chris

Greencastle, PA

#16 Sep 2, 2010
Most freshmen entering college this year can not write in cursive. Some can barely read. Why did we get a better education before computers and without so many administrators?
SchoolWakeUp

Greencastle, PA

#17 Sep 2, 2010
dwaldman wrote:
IT spending is like any other spending and must be done wisely. I've had to work with school districts that were upgrading and replacing equipment, on several occasions. School districts are prime contracts for many businesses and some of the businesses view them as simple cash cows. IT departments are often flooded with software requests that are expensive and benefit only a few people.
Some schools have touch screen systems for the lunch room systems, why? A mouse is cheaper and able to be replaced for far less than a touch screen. Schools could also cut costs by incorporating their technical classes with practical application, such as keeping their equipment up. Replacing add-on cards, rather than relying on main boards with everything built on is one way to save costs. When students have invested their own time (and grades) into the equipment, they are more prone to take care of it. It also provides the students a sense of accomplishment, especially if a special class exercise may be to repair and update computers used by an elementary school classroom. It is not just in hardware, but imagine if a class project is to provide the shell of a program that will be used for some other school function. These would provide excellent education for the kids and provides them real world experience, that they could use for work later in life.
While software for that networks the entire district is expensive, local software does not have to be. There are many options available to cut costs, like "Open-Office" which does not have the costs related to it that the Microsoft products do. Keep the money going for the truly complicated infrastructure, but it is easy to save money on keeping individual computers up.
Our school budgeting is out of control, again, and they are relying on our ever increasing taxes, again. Teachers, do the math and plan ahead, taxpayers are not a never ending money supply.

Is it possible, our educated teachers did not plan on their computer systems aging?

Teachers can take another highly expensive educational trip at taxpayer's expense, or, better yet, build another expensive building, or, are you about to retire on our taxpayer dollars.

This well is running dry.
EndOfTimesh

Carlisle, PA

#18 Sep 2, 2010
Chris wrote:
Most freshmen entering college this year can not write in cursive. Some can barely read. Why did we get a better education before computers and without so many administrators?
They can't write cursive? OOOMMMMGGGG NOOOOOOOOOOO!
Dave

Newville, PA

#19 Sep 2, 2010
OLD TEACHER wrote:
We have come a long way from the ABC of education.
Today, the children have no clue as to how to write a check, let alone balance a check book.
It's a sad day when the children can not write with pen and paper. let alone know how to spell.
Keep up the good work, EDUCATORS,you will destroy America just so you can have your name on some building.
It's past the time we give the classroom back to the TEACHERS.
How many of those kids don't know how to hook a horse up to a wagon!!!

Computers provide the opportunity for more learning better teaching. The time I spent in college writing papers by hand, scratch outs, crumpled paper, & then pecking it out on a typewriter. The same task done on a computer in one quarter of the time. Same thought process - no tedious steps.
SchoolWakeUp

Greencastle, PA

#20 Sep 2, 2010
For free: I have three working monitors, not flat screens, and a couple of computers etc. sitting idle in my basement. Please tell me where I can drop them off for students to work on them.

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