LOWELL | The Tri-Creek School Corp. took its first steps toward a more technology-savvy future Wednesday by distributing about 600 take-home laptops to high school students.
Wednesday night as the first of several Lowell High School parent information sessions about the student laptop program. The program went well, said Jay Blackman, the district's director of information and education technology.
That was good news for the School Board, which has fast-tracked the student laptop program.
Board Vice President Michelle Dumbsky attended the first session as a parent and was impressed.
"It was very organized," she said. "I saw that long line, but then it went very well."
The required parent meetings provide a forum for questions to be answered and for parents or guardians to complete necessary paperwork. The next session is Tuesday.
Middle school students also will be issued laptops, but they will not take the computers home.
The new computers will replace old technology equipment, which the board agreed to dispose of. Items worth $500 or more will no longer be on a list provided to the state and will no longer be insured.
It will all be repurposed in some way, though, Blackman said, either through auction, donation or recycling.
The computers will be "wiped" of all Tri-Creek information for security reasons, Blackman said.
Lowell High School senior Josh Bustamante, 18, approached school officials about the surplus technology equipment and how he might help.
The board agreed to donate five usable laptops to the Lowell Adult Learning Center through The Center of Workforce Innovations to give the adults there regular access to online learning programs.
Bustamante will set up the computers for the center's use.