Is a good deal for Upper Township?

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PETERSBURG – Resident Russ Morano asked during public comment at the school board’s Monday meeting why the school district was disposing of 121 desk top computers as surplus property.

“They’re all Apple computers, but one,” he said. “How old are they? Why are we giving them up and what will replace them?”

School district business administrator Laurie Ryan said the computers were seven to 10 years old and mostly utilized for parts. Some would be placed on  and the rest would be disposed of, she said.

Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said the computers had outlived their usefulness long ago.

“They’re obsolete, we can’t use them,” said school board member Dr. Christine Lentz. 

“The fact is, its 121 computers. We keep spending money on these computers, where does it end?” Morano asked.

Palmieri said the district had stretched the useful life of most of the computers and noted that Apple did not charge for upgrades unless a new operating system was needed.

“There’s not too many uses for a 10-year-old computer,” said Palmieri.

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