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Computer problems targeted in Monessen

| Thursday, March 15, 2001

'Fatal errors' are occurring at Monessen School District, electronically speaking, and starting next week the central office will begin shutting down ttbegin shutting down the culprits responsible.

At Wednesday's board meeting, business manager Richard Fantauzzi explained the office will soon be equipped with four new Intel Pentium III 933 Midtower computers and various related equipment to replace an obsolete system that is causing 'illegal operations.'

'The ones (computers) we have were excellent three of four years ago, but now they're failing us, especially in the Windows-based applications,' said Fantauzzi of the current DOS-compatible system. 'It's not been a productive environment for the past three or four months. These machines are just not sophisticated enough for our needs.'

According to the business manager, the district's business files contain pertinent personal information that 'is too critical to lose.'

Fantauzzi said the new $8,248 system, purchased through Right Byte Computer Center in Monessen, was approved by the board in February. He said the computers will be replaced one at a time, hopefully beginning next week.

In another matter, Superintendent R. Gene Malarbi announced the high school is forming a dance squad that will perform during halftime of the home varsity basketball games. The team is being sponsored by the cheerleaders and is open to girls in grades eight to 11.

Malarbi said the new program does not involve paying a sponsor. 'If it (dance squad) gets more girls involved, then that's a positive,' said the superintendent.

English teacher Marina Agrafiotis, kindergarten instructor Toni Tetteris, high school librarian Linda Sichi and elementary librarian Victoria Zajack all tendered resignations for retirement purposes effective at the end of the current school year.

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