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Blog // Connect Michigan

Petoskey voters consider bond sale to refresh school system’s 1990s-era computers, infrastructure

By Wil Payton

Think you would like to play Angry Birds on a 10 year old computer? Well just imagine teachers using this hardware, and out of date software, to incorporate online instructional tools in the curriculum.

That’s what the voters in the Petoskey school district are contemplating as they prepare to vote on a bond sale proposed on the Tuesday, May 8, election ballot.

Below is an excerpt from a Petoskey News.com article on the proposed bond sale:

Petoskey schools’ last major technology funding initiative occurred in the late 1990s. Many of the computers acquired through it, now more than a decade old, remain in use around the district.

That hardware — making up more than half of the district’s computer inventory — doesn’t have the performance specifications needed to support recent versions of operating, productivity and Web browsing software.

“We can’t update the browser without updating the operating system without updating the hardware,” said Steve Neal, Petoskey schools’ technology director.

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