New local sales tax to aid tech efforts in Georgia county

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday approved about $2 million in special-purpose, local-option sales tax - SPLOST - projects that will revamp schools’ technology and communication networks.

Continuing a “refresh” of computer hardware that it began last year at schools, the board approved spending $1,311,764.40 in SPLOST funds for a purchase and installation from Sterling Computers Corporation of Norfolk, Neb., for replacing 1,526 desktop and 374 laptop computers at Berta Weathersbee, Callaway, Franklin Forest, Hillcrest, Hollis Hand, Long Cane, Mountville and Whitesville Road elementary schools, Ethel Kight Magnet School and the HOPE Academy.

The average age of computers at the schools is seven years old. John Radcliffe, assistant superintendent of maintenance and operations, said Monday that the school system can either allow Sterling to take away the old computers, or look at selling them to another company, depending on which offers the best deal.

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