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Repurposed state computers save WV schools $2M

AR-160519496CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A special delivery to a Kanawha County elementary school Wednesday helped West Virginia education officials highlight $2 million in technology savings over the past two years.

Chesapeake Elementary, which sits across the street from mobile homes and near coal-filled rail cars in its namesake Kanawha River town, was the recipient of 20 desktop computers, five notebook computers and four printers — a collective gift used to mark the savings milestone.

Dave Cartwright, the West Virginia Department of Education’s technology infrastructure manager, said $2 million represents what schools in 33 counties would’ve had to pay for more than 6,000 devices.

Instead, through the Second Launch WV program he helped develop, schools have received used state technology for free that normally would have been declared surplus and sent to a Dunbar warehouse, where it might have been auctioned off to the public…

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