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EDEN SCHOOL BOARD OKS $45,000 COMPUTER PROJECT

The Eden Central School Board Wednesday night unanimously approved a $45,000 computer lease/purchase project over three years to update old equipment, primarily in the high school's business education
department.

The project is to be funded by state hardware aid totaling $15,000 per year, and comes in the wake of voter defeats last March of a $5.59 million proposed technology bond issue and again in August of a $287,047 building-renovation project that would have replaced aging computer equipment in the business department, as well.

"Our business department is woefully behind," Superintendent Thomas Christopher said.

The district hopes to have the 22 computers at the high school by next semester once the lease arrangement is finalized.

Acting Dean of Students Richard Castiglia gave a detailed semestering update to the board, pointing out that in the first month of school, the high school sent home nearly 300 fewer negative progress reports to students' parents this fall, compared with the same time last year. Also, the number of students considered ineligible to play sports because of poor academic standing dropped by 50 percent from last year, he said.

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