Parent group concerned about lack of computers at Gary New Tech

2013-10-27T17:45:00Z 2013-10-27T19:30:36Z Parent group concerned about lack of computers at Gary New TechCarmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

GARY | The president of the Gary Community School Corp.'s District Parent Advisory Council is concerned students at Gary New Tech High School do not have laptops to work on.

Jeff Wilson said the council has submitted a letter of inquiry to the Board of Trustees and to Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt and Principal Ether Goodes regarding the concerns. 

Wilson said the New Tech program requires one-to-one computers and not every student has a laptop to work on.

"Before starting a New Tech school, districts must lay a solid foundation for the New Tech model by committing to the New Tech model," he said. "We have been told they bought the computers, but those computers are not in the building.

"The lack of the computers, eight weeks into the school year, leads to the general perception that student academic instruction and success are not a priority."

Pruitt said the district bought 400 computers, specifically for the New Tech students, but those computers have not yet arrived. She said there are 283 students in grades 9-11 at Gary New Tech.

"There was a problem with the delivery," she said. "We are working with Sprint to try and get the computers here. There was some damage and we are trying to resolve it."

Even though the new computers have not arrived, Pruitt said there are still 200 computers available to students. She said there are iPads available as well as computers in the library.

Pruitt said the district also is working to create a wireless environment at the career center.

The superintendent said school officials hope to resolve the delivery issue shortly or will look to a new supplier.

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