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COMPUTER UPGRADES SET FOR A.V. HIGH SCHOOLS.

Byline: John Sanders Staff Writer

Four more schools in the Antelope Valley Union High School District will soon be entering the fast lane on the information superhighway, thanks to a state grant that will pay to upgrade their digital technology.

Antelope Valley, Quartz Hill, Littlerock and Desert Winds high schools have been selected by the California Department of Education to receive money to set up new computer labs, enhance media centers in the library and a buy a laptop computer cart for all freshmen classes.

Based on an allocation of $300 per student, Antelope Valley and Desert Winds high schools will receive a combined $1,015,200. Quartz Hill High will get $834,300, and Littlerock High will get $817,200.

``It's coming at a great time for us,'' said Antelope Valley High Principal Mark Bryant. ``It will help to really improve the high end, where kids can really be very close to being very competent when they graduate from high school and go directly in the job market.''

Pat Hart, the district's coordinator of educational technology, said computer skills are vital to today's students.

``I don't think that there is any way that a high school can possibly function today without preparing students to have the critical thinking and technology skills that they need to live in a digital world,'' Hart said.

``It is a digital world,'' she said. ``We have to make sure that our students are graduating with the skills that are necessary for them to be successful in that digital world.''

Digital High School grants were offered last year to Palmdale and Highland high schools, and the campuses each received about $900,000 in May. Officials said the money will be used to enhance computer labs and media centers.

The grant also will finance the mobile laptop cart, which allows 15 laptop computers to be rotated among freshman English, health, math and science classes so that students entering high school will get an understanding of how to use technology.

``It's so exciting,'' Hart said. ``The teachers are so ready and eager to have this in their classroom.''
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