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Brockport CEPACS helps prepare students for life post-graduation

Brockport students in third, seventh and tenth grades have all been equipped with new laptops, thanks to the efforts of the District’s Computer, Electronics, Printing, AV, Communication Services (CEPACS) Team.

“We received feedback from students and staff letting us [CEPACS staff] know of the significant problems they were having in the classrooms,” said Director of Technology Anthony Smith.

District Superintendent Sean Bruno agreed, stating that there were concerns regarding the functionality of student computers, specifically in grades three, seven and ten.

Based on CEPACS’ investigation, it became apparent that Brockport students and staff required more than a dual-core processor to power the software and applications required for their everyday learning. Smith explained that the problem was with the Gen 6 devices that were purchased during the pandemic, when options were limited.

Over the course of two weeks, it was all hands on deck as a total of 850 laptops were replaced.

“Anyone that had space on their desk to set up [and configure] laptops pitched in,” Smith said.

This process happens on a regular basis, with laptops for students in second, sixth and ninth grades getting “refreshed” on a yearly basis.

“Those students get a brand-new device every year,” said Smith. “In total it’s 850 laptops.”

What made this replacement cycle challenging was that it took place during the academic year, rather than over the summer. However, as these devices were found to be insufficient and underpowered, it was a problem that could not wait to be fixed.

“They [the laptops] are more efficient, they’re faster and they won’t struggle with load times.”

Smith explained.

In short: wider access to better software encourages students to be more creative in the programs they use and how they navigate the learning process.

This is about more than just replacing an educational tool; it is about providing students with exposure to the tools they will need to succeed once they cross the stage at graduation. 

“The general trend in education is going toward using more technology,” Senior Network Technician Michael LeFrance said. “In the business world, [the Windows Environment] is what you’re going to see when you leave [the District].”

Instructional Technology is increasingly important, especially in this day in age.

“The familiarity with this tech doesn’t only prepare students for the business world,” Brockport High School Network Technician Brian Harris emphasized. “It gets them college ready, for those who aren’t going directly into the work force.”

The District would like to thank our students, staff and parents who have been extremely patient and understanding, making the best out of a frustrating situation. We would also like to thank all of our staff and BOCES partners who have worked tirelessly to find a solution and Lenovo for working with us to make this possible.