CHICKASAW, Ala. (WALA) - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has donated computer equipment with an original procurement value of nearly $71,000 to Chickasaw City Schools in Alabama’s Mobile County.
Chickasaw City Schools will use the 60 gently used laptop computers, 20 printers and 14 monitors acquired through GSA’s Computers for Learning program to boost the system’s student-to-computer ratio, which is currently at one computer to every six students.
GSA will present the equipment to Chickasaw City Schools Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff during a special ceremony this afternoon at Chickasaw High School attended by school faculty and students, School Board officials and Chickasaw Mayor Byron Pittman.
“Providing children access to quality education is a national imperative,” said Sara Manzano-Diaz, Acting Regional Administrator for GSA’s Southeast Sunbelt Region. “GSA’s Computers for Learning program helps pivot children across the country toward success in the 21st Century by equipping them with the tools they will need to contribute and achieve. GSA is honored to make this opportunity available to Chickasaw City Schools’ students, while also maximizing taxpayer investments in government and our nation’s future.”
“In the Chickasaw City School System, one of our Five Year Strategic Plan objectives is to have one computer for every three students by May of 2015,” Kallhoff said. “With an increasing student enrollment and a shrinking education budget, this technology goal is quite ambitious. With the help of agencies, such as GSA, we are much closer to putting the needed technology in the hands of our students.”
In the past year, GSA has transferred excess federal technology equipment valued at $624,000 (initial procurement value) to Alabama schools and educational nonprofits through the Computers for Learning program. Nationally, the donation value over the same period reaches roughly $74 million.
The U.S. General Services Administration is proud to sponsor the Computers for Learning. Interested schools and educational non-profit organizations are encouraged to find more information on this program at: www.computersforlearning.gov.
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