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FHS receives $35,000 grant for new computers for math lab

Thanks to a $35,000 grant from the Farragut Education Foundation, the Farragut High School math lab now has 33 new Pentium 4 computers that can run necessary software written and designed by math and computer science teacher Leslie Howell. The computers, with P464 bit chips, were custom made by Personal Computer Systems, Inc., located in Louisville, said assistant principal Bob Norton. He added that Gary Roher, an FHS alumnus and PCS employee, took care of the project for the school.

“We were able to set up one machine and have the other machines cloned,” Norton said.

“It’s an incredible set-up and does a lot of different things,” Howell said. “The kids have really been liking them.”

“We really got the ‘Wow!’ factor. If they [the students] came this way, they’d come by for another look,” she added. “Our machines were getting so old. They had a 10 gig hard drive and you could hardly put any software on them.”

In addition to the capacity problem, Howell said the monitors were going dark and repairs were necessary almost every week.

“We’re very grateful to have them,” she added.

The lab first opened in 1994, and was planned and built by teachers John Beckett and Bill Parker.

Teachers sign up for a time to bring their classes to the lab, Howell said. It’s also used extensively for teacher training.


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