The school system has close to 3,500 computers that need to be replaced. Duke officials say the school has donated dozens of computers to public schools and local non-profits, but this is the first program to expand the program to several hundred computers per year.
"Computer proficiency is crucial to the future success of today's student," said Nancy Hester, Assistant Superintendent of Support Services for DPS. "Duke University's donation of these computers will significantly increase our capacity to boost student achievement through the use of technology."
Before the computers are handed over, all the current data on them will be erased. Computers donated from Duke to DPS will be mostly Windows-compatible units with Pentium III and newer processors capable of running Windows 2000 or XP. Monitors, keyboards and mice will also be made available for DPS use. Officials estimate that the cost of the program to Duke will be $140,000 a year.
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