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Gazette Premium Content D-11 board approves laptop plan for all Swigert students

KRISTINA IODICE Updated: September 14, 2011 at 12:00 am

Students at Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy will each be getting a high-tech tool to help them in class and at home.

The Colorado Springs School District 11 school board approved a fee schedule tonight, so the middle school may move forward on its plan to put a portable computer into the hands of every student. The vote was unanimous, with board member Charlie Bobbitt absent.

Students eligible for a reduced lunch pay $25 for the year, and those eligible for free lunch pay $15 for the year. Other students pay $50. A battery fee follows the same structure. A grant covered the purchase of the laptops and netbooks, along with other technology upgrades at the school.

Principal Larry Bartel said the computers will make school easier for teachers and students because students will be more engaged. Charging a fee helps the kids take ownership of the devices.

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