Calumet City D.155 replacing all of its computers

2014-01-18T00:00:00Z 2014-01-18T20:44:37Z Calumet City D.155 replacing all of its computersPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 18, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CALUMET CITY | District 155 is in the process of replacing all of its computers.

"We replaced approximately 50 percent of the computers over the winter break," D.155 Superintendent Troy Paraday said.

He said the total cost to replace approximately 190 computers will be about $90,000.

"Our first go around in December, we replaced the computers in the labs in each of the buildings and then a few (in) administration, and then over the summer we will replace all of the computers in the teachers' classrooms," Paraday said.

He said all of the computers being replaced are about 7 years old and that one goal is to provide students with a faster processing speed.

"We're also going to be looking into increasing our bandwidth," Paraday said.

Calumet City Elementary District 155 consists of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Wentworth Intermediate School and Wentworth Junior High School.

In other district news, the School Board has applied for a waiver to continue to have school on Veterans Day and on Lincoln's Birthday.

"Our five years expired this year, so we renewed it beginning with the 2014-15 school year so that it'll be in place now for five more years," Paraday said.

The waiver application still must be officially approved by the General Assembly, but Paraday said that it is normally an automatic approval.

"We have been in school on Veterans Day and then we take the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off," Paraday said.

He said having class on Lincoln's Birthday allows the district to have off on Presidents Day, which Paraday said is in line with most businesses and thus accommodating to parents' schedules.

Board Vice President Guy Eveland, a Marine Corps veteran, disagrees with the decision to have school on Veterans Day.

"Some teachers are veterans," he said. "It's a respect issue to me."

The board also last month approved its 2013 tax levy at 4.99 percent, for a total levy of $4,507,670.

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