Computer upgrades being made in Mabton schools

MABTON - At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting this past Monday night, the Mabton School Board heard technology updates from technical support staff Jim Pinson and his assistant Carolyn Fisher.

Pinson said one of the biggest changes Mabton has experienced is the increasing of the district's internet bandwidth. In the past, he said, the system would become clogged during peak use times and that rarely, if at all, occurs anymore.

"It has made a real difference," he said. "One that everybody has felt."

He feels that the district can stay at that capacity level for quite some time.

He also reported to the board how E-Rate funding works. E-Rate is funding the federal government provides for qualified applicants that is used for telecommunication infrastructure and Mabton is one of them. For every dollar Mabton spends on computer usage in the district, 90 cents is given back to the local schools. So, he explained, when the school district spends $250,000, in reality it is spending only $25,000. The district is currently putting in a wireless system to streamline the system.

Fisher reported that two new terminal servers have been installed. "It's more up to date and a happier experience for the students," she said. Students are now able to use programs like Word and Power Point. She said students are currently learning different operating systems, how to access the network and navigate it.

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