Archive for Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Computer sale to benefit teachers, community

October 9, 2002

The Basehor-Linwood School District will offer computers at discounted prices to teachers and eventually the public later this month.

"We want to make this equipment available with the understanding they are buying as is," said Cal Cormack, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent.

"The district has no further responsibility," Cormack said, noting that buyers must sign a bill of sale and problems that may occur with the computers are the owner's responsibility.

The computers, 4- to 5- year-old Apple iMac's, have fallen out of warranty and been replaced by newer models.

They were once used in school labs or at the homes of Basehor-Linwood Virtual Charter School students. The computers have been maintained by school district technology employees.

School officials said approximately 200 computers are available and will cost between $100 to $200 each.

School district teachers will have the first option of purchasing the equipment and then the public, school officials said.

"Having a computer at home will allow teachers more opportunities and interest to develop their expertise," Cormack said. "It's an opportunity to get computers into their homes."

"This is a way we can help teachers get computers into their homes and help them become better teachers," he added.

The computers will be available to teachers next week and the excess supply will then be offered to the public, school officials said.

"There has been quite a bit of interest on the teachers' part, but I'd be surprised if there weren't at least some left," Cormack said.

The Basehor-Linwood School Board is set to approve the computer sale at its meeting Monday, Oct. 14.

Cormack said the school district had two choices when choosing what to do with the computers when the warranty ran out: sell them back to a broker or offer them to teachers and the community.

"They are going to go to somebody's home so it might as well be here," he said.

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