Five Percent of Powell Schools iPads Damaged

Five Percent of Powell Schools iPads Damaged (Photo courtesy of flickr.com user Kristina Alexanderson)
Five Percent of Powell Schools iPads Damaged (Photo courtesy of flickr.com user Kristina Alexanderson)

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - About 5 percent of the iPads purchased for school students and staffers in Powell have had to be repaired or replaced since they were introduced last year.

The Powell Tribune reported Wednesday that 81 iPads worth $40,192 were damaged. Of those, seven belonged to teachers and administrators and 74 were assigned to students.

Park County School District No. 1 paid about $1,890 to replace the seven staff iPads. Parents had to pick up the cost of the damaged student iPads. The replacement price for them was $256 each under the district's insurance plan.

The devices were distributed to high school, middle school and elementary students and staffers in the fall of 2011 at a cost of $722,000.

The most common problem was broken screens. The district has since purchased covers to help protect better the tablets.

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