Cuts "Shortchange" VSDB Students

The Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton is reducing computers and servers provided by state government's privatized information technology service, citing high costs.

The school's directors have asked their IT specialist to reduce
the school's computers and servers by approximately 75 percent. The
goal is to trim the Virginia Information Technologies Agency's
annual $350,000 bill by $150,000.

Media reports quoted the school's directors saying it was a case
of either reducing computer costs, or cutting staff.

Superintendent Nancy Armstrong said the IT cuts will mean that
the nearly 150 students and teachers will have to share 50
computers. Thirty-three computers are used for management purposes.

The 173-year-old school's board said students are being
shortchanged.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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