New York Power Authority Donates
Computers to Utica City School District
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March 27, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced
today it will provide surplus computer equipment to two schools in the Utica
City School District as part of its program to make refurbished computers
available to schools statewide.
“The New York Power Authority is pleased to play a
role, under Governor Pataki’s leadership, in the statewide program to donate
computers to New York’s school children, which helps expand their access to
the high tech resources so vital to learning in the 21st Century,” said
Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman, New York Power Authority.
The Power Authority is ready to deliver 10 computers
each to the JFK Middle School and the Hughes Elementary School, both in
Utica. The Power Authority utilizes about 1,700 computers in its normal
operation and replaces about 400 to 500 computers each year.
The surplus equipment is thoroughly cleaned and
provided with a minimum of 64 megabytes of memory. The computers have been
tested with a new installation of the operating system, and any missing or
broken parts have been replaced.
“Computers are an essential resource in the education
of our young people. I support the New York Power Authority's commitment to
the education of Utica's young citizens through this smart reuse of computer
resources so desperately needed to prepare our students for tomorrow's
jobs," said Senator Raymond A. Meier.
“I commend the New York Power Authority for the
donation of its surplus late-model computers to Utica’s classrooms which,
along with NYPA’s lower-cost power and energy efficiency projects, continues
the Power Authority’s long history of commitment to our region,” said State
Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito.
“Recent research shows that the more technology you
make available to students, the closer you can come to helping erase the
achievement gaps confronting students from differing backgrounds,” said
Daniel Lowengard, superintendent, Utica City School District.
“The generosity of the New York Power Authority brings
us closer to our goals of one computer for every four students on the middle
school level and one per every six student on the elementary school level,”
said Bill Scott, director, staff development, planning and technology, Utica
City School District.
The JFK Middle School was recently designated by the
United States Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School which means
the student body has show considerable improvements in their grades due to
the commitment to excel on the part of the students, teachers and
NYPA’s computer donation program began in 2002 and has,
so far, distributed computers to schools in Niagara Falls, the Bronx and
Queens, in areas within the vicinity of NYPA facilities.