The approximately 1,200 students in grades nine through 12 take those laptops home at the end of the school day, and the 650 or so seventh-and eighth-graders use them while at school.
All that technology costs the district around
In 2005 -- the year Burrage began working at the district --
Today, Burrage said, the district spends about
Burrage said that when he began his career as a fifth-grade teacher at
"I used it a lot. Then we got one MacBook on a cart that we rolled between two teachers," Burrage said. "I saw the potential that it had and I thought, what could I do if I had more than one?"
Burrage later worked as a specialist in the technology department at
And everyone on the team is expected to do a little of everything, Hale said, because if "somebody goes down, somebody else has to step up."
Burrage said two of the workers are a few tests away from being certified by
But with more than 5,000 electronic devices district-wide to care for -- from desktop computers and laptops to the phone system and countless wireless Internet modems -- there is plenty to keep all six of the workers busy.
Explaining how the department works, Burrage said teachers put in work requests and each morning the workers look on their smart phones to see where they need to be and what needs what they need to repair.
Those work requests are often divided among the six based upon each worker's expertise, he said. Some focus on student information services, like the system's learning management software, while others repair laptops or handle any one of the other problems that arise with such a large program.
"All along the way emergencies happen and I have to call them," Burrage said.
To help pay for laptop repairs as the need arises, parents pay
Plans call for students at
This technology comes with the helping hand of the city of
"I've been in a system where things are tight," Burrage said, "And it's nice to be able to put the tools out there for them."
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