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Boonsboro schools get technology funding

August 09, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

BOONSBORO - Washington County Public Schools will receive $55,000 to upgrade technology at three Boonsboro schools.

The grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) was announced Wednesday by Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., and Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md.

The money will be used to install 2,300 feet of fiber optic cable and buy 100 desktop computers, along with routers, switches and other equipment, officials said. The upgrades and equipment will benefit students at Boonsboro Elementary, Boonsboro Middle and Boonsboro High, said Arnold Hammann, director of information management and instructional technology for Washington County Public Schools.

He said that all of the school system's 43 buildings are part of a computer network that supports Internet connections. Many of those schools have been upgraded to a fiber optic network, like Boonsboro, to increase capacity.

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"More data, Web pages, etc., can go in and out of the schools and they don't have that delay," Hammann said. "They can be online for all kinds of resources and have appropriate speed."

Upgrading the Boonsboro campus was the most expensive project, at $184,000, because of the layout and the rock underground, he said. Hammann said he was unsure of the total cost to upgrade the 26 schools that have been outfitted with fiber optic cable.

The project has been ongoing for about two years.

Hammann said the upgrades help students and teachers.

"It will better serve them by allowing them to access any online resource they may need at a very fast rate, and they can have every computer lab in the school online at the same time and there will not be any slowness experienced by any one computer," he said.

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