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$34 million in new bonds to buy CCSD new computers, buses

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Steve Marcus

School buses are lined up during a preview and pre-registration day for a government surplus auction Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. The Saturday auction is the last government surplus auction of the year. The auction items includes cars, motorcycles, trucks, boats unclaimed items from McCarran International Airport, computers and school buses.

The Clark County School Board approved a decade-long $34 million bond program to purchase new computers and buses.

The issue: In its tentative budget approved April 3, the School Board outlined plans to update its technology and transportation by issuing $34 million in new bonds. The board voted on the program Thursday.

The vote: Unanimous 7-0

The impact: The Clark County School District will take on $34 million in debt to finance the technology and transportation update. Here’s how it breaks down:

• About $15 million will go toward replacing 107 buses that are over 14 years old. About $9 million would go toward purchasing 65 new buses to accommodate the growth in the number of special-needs children in the district.

• The remaining $10 million would go to replacing classroom and school computers, about a third of which are over 5 years old.

About 15,000 computers across the district can't support the latest version of the Microsoft Windows operating system, much less the newest version being released now, Interim Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said earlier this month.

The $10 million would buy about 14,000 new computers at $700 a piece.

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  1. Maybe I'm not understanding this correctly, or there is some miscommunication in the reporting, but it doesn't make sense to me to buy a decade long bond to buy computers that only have a useful life of 6-7 years. By the time those computers are gone, they'll still be paying on them. Busses sure, that makes sense because they have a longer useful life. But computers/technology don't - seven years and then they cant run the newest software, and the old software is out of support and vulnerable.