Computer labs across the Chandler Unified School District got face-lifts recently as aging technology was replaced with state-of-the-art computers and monitors.
The district started rolling out the Hewlett-Packard flatscreen monitors with speedy systems in early March and is just about finished installing all of the computers.
School board members earlier this year approved purchasing 1,000 new computers for about $1.1 million. The new setup is replacing the district’s personal computers that didn’t have CD-ROM drives and were bought sometime in the late 1990s.
Schools built before Hull Elementary School in 2001 received the computers.
Frank Fletcher, associate superintendent for support services in the district, said the new computers were necessary for students and faculty to work with newer software.
“It’s an awesome opportunity for our students and staff to have the ability to work on the most up-to-date computers that are available,” Fletcher said.
Computers in the district haven’t been replaced because “we’re a little different than the private sector where need drives replacement,” he said.
Some of the computers were very basic and hadn’t been replaced in eight years.
Hamilton High School was one of the final schools to receive the new computers.
Pete Rodriguez, a computer technician with the district, said the old computers were very outdated.
“They were installed when the school was built” in 1998, he said.
He estimated that the new computers will last at least eight years before they’ll need to be replaced again.