School system changes handling of computers

By Deon Guillory - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond City Schools is changing the way it handles new computers after a scathing report by the city auditor.

School leaders say they have taken steps to make sure they know where those computers will go and that the buildings they are going to are ready for them.

This change comes after an inspector general's report showed that more than 500 computers were not in the classrooms with students.

Instead, they were sitting in a warehouse, outdated.

That sparked an internal investigation within the school system.

According to the Times-Dispatch, school leaders say they will follow a "first in, first out" policy.

That means older units kept in the warehouse will go out before newer machines.

A review panel found that it would cost the school system more money not to keep computers in reserve.

The school system will also get more computers out faster by using vendors to outfit the systems rather than the school's information technology staff.

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