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      Kirksville School District purchases new laptops

      The Kirksville School District will be getting some new technology to help with electronic state testing within the next year. More then $100,000 in technology will be coming to the campus.

      The district will be receiving 120 laptops, three laptop carts, and 81 wireless access points. The computers will primarily be used at Ray Miller Elementary and at Matthew Middle School.

      The wireless and network upgrades will be campus wide. Teachers are in the process of helping students prepare for the state exams. Starting in spring of next year, those exams will be computer-based as opposed to paper and pencil.

      "Well certainly we are trying to prepare for the state testing format, but more importantly this puts more laptops and more technology in the hands of students," said Pat Williams, Kirksville Schools Superintendent.

      The Kirksville School District also recently purchased desktop computers and tablets to use in the schools. All of the purchases have been approved by the school board.