Quaker Valley replacing 490 broken, 1-year-old laptops
After one year of use, nearly 500 Dell laptop computers at Quaker Valley High School are being replaced because of cracks in the devices, administrators said this week.
The switch of 490 Dell Latitude 3330 model laptops to Latitude 3340 devices comes at no cost to the district, technology Director Karlton Chapman said.
He called the newer model a “more rugged design to withstand minor bumps.”
Chapman said the district had “several conversations with Dell representatives and executives about the cracked plastics.” He said Dell worked with the district to see how students were using and handling the laptops.
“Many of the students who experienced this problem stated that they were not carrying the laptop in the district-provided laptop sleeve,” Chapman said.
In 2013, Quaker Valley school board members approved spending $559,500 on a four-year lease for 1,173 computers and purchasing 500 Chromebooks with insurance and carrying cases. That included 500 Chromebooks issued to Quaker Valley Middle School students to use during the school day, 490 Dells issued to Quaker Valley High School freshmen, sophomores and juniors, 428 MacBook Airs for elementary and middle school labs, 205 MacBook Pros for teachers and 50 iMacs for staff.
At the high school, Quaker Valley provides each student with a district-issued computer he or she can take home during the year.
They've done so since 2001, when the school began issuing Apple computers to students.
Last year, leaders said switching from Apple to Dell would save the district money and still provide similar programs.
Because of the replacement of the Dell laptops, Chapman said, the district needs to “uphold our end of the bargain by careful handling and care of the laptops.
“The district provides a carrying case for transporting the laptop,” he said. “It is expected that students will use the case or an equal or better carrying alternative that will protect the laptop.”
Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-324-1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Bobby Cherry to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.