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RPS purchases new computers

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Rochester School Board approved the purchase of more than 3 thousand computers at a total cost of $2.4 million at Tuesday afternoon's meeting.

The computers are part of the district's regular process of replacing aging technology and will be used in student computer labs throughout several schools in the district.

The computers are HP desktops, but Superintendent Michael Muñoz says the purchase does not mean the district is moving away from its push to put iPads and other mobile devices in classrooms.

"Even when we had the bigger technology levy that wasn't approved by the commissioner, we were still going to do our normal replacement cycle of desktops because that's something you have to stay on top of, or before you know it you have an entire district of computers that don't work anymore," Muñoz said.

When the school district replaces computers in student labs, the computers already in the labs are passed on for staff use and the old staff computers are sent back for a discount on new computers.

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