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Published March 31, 2012, 04:40 PM

Crookston School District Catching Up With New Technology

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) The Crookston school district is getting new wiring, computers and laptops over the next several years. Students and faculty are excited to get up to speed with new technology.

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) The Crookston school district is getting new wiring, computers and laptops over the next several years. Students and faculty are excited to get up to speed with new technology.

"It would be nice to use my iPhone in the school," Crookston High School Senior Bailey Morris said.

Morris and her friends keep up with new technology and would like to see some updates in their school.

"You can look things up online and it'd be easier if it was a faster connection," Morris said.

"They're really slow and take a lot of time to look things up," High School Senior Riley Erickson said.

After an operating levy increase of $1,000 per student was approved by voters in November, new technology is coming into the classrooms.

"We haven't really purchased much for computers since 2006 and we've really fallen behind in terms of how we are wired," Crookston Schools Superintendent Wayne Gilman said.

The Crookston School Board entered into a lease agreement allowing for 100 new laptop computers for teachers, new file servers and wireless network. They will spend between 100 and 200-thousand dollars a year on the upgrade.

"It brings us up to speed in terms of where technology is today and we know our community is going to be demanding this kind of wireless connectivity because that's what the future holds," Gilman said.

More computers will also be added to student computer labs, making connections a little faster and easier for those doing research.

"The kids, it would help them a lot, they could look up things faster and it'd be easier," Erickson said.

Upgrades are expected to start this summer.

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