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Have laptop, will study; High schoolers handed new Apple laptops

By Jimmy Alford | Published Saturday, October 20, 2012

TECH SUPPORT – Sophomores Cash Preather (right) and Dillon Meadows are members of the iHelp Team at Paradise High School. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Paradise School Trustee Doug Bryant stood in line Wednesday afternoon along with other parents and high school students to get brand new laptops.

The school deployed new Mac Airbooks in three waves Wednesday at the high school. A month ago, Bryant and the rest of the board voted unanimously to borrow $250,000 through a Qualified Academy Zone Note to pay for the nearly 250 laptops, software and related accessories.

Bryant said he wasn’t quite sure about the whole deployment wave, but once the initial process of signing paperwork and handing out the devices was settled, he would be much more comfortable. He and other parents of high school students were required to be present at the deployment.

“I think this is all a good thing, and it’s just the logistics that is a headache,” Bryant said. “My son is excited about getting his own computer.”

Bryant said his son Blake, like other students, does not have a computer of his own at home to study with or complete assignments with.

According to statements made during a past board meeting, the newest laptop deployment at the high school is part of a larger push by the district to improve student engagement and enhance the district’s technology. The district already rolled out several items like iPads at Paradise campuses.

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