MAPS to hold annual technology hardware sale

Matt Froncek cleans off one of the Mac Book Air computers that will be on sale next Tuesday and Wednesday. The computers were used by the students and staff.

Matt Froncek cleans off one of the Mac Book Air computers that will be on sale next Tuesday and Wednesday. The computers were used by the students and staff.

MANISTEE — The Manistee Middle/High School Media Center looked a little like technology heaven this week.

One whole section of the center had tables filled with laptop computers and iPads. They were all there being refurbished and cleaned up for the annual Manistee High School technology hardware sale that will be taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Technology director Ken Blakey-Shell said it will be done as it was last year in the media center on a first come, first serve basis and there will be no early sales.

“We have have approximately 120 of the MacBook Airs, which is the 13-inch model from 2011,” said Manistee Area Public Schools Technology Director Ken Blakey-Shell. “They have 64 GB  of storage space and 2 GB of RAM and i5 dual core Intel processor. They will cost $400 and will come with a clear speck case,charger and cable for $400.”

Another portion of the sale will include two varieties of iPads and cases that were used at the elementary level.

“We have 20 of the iPad 3s  that are 16 GB and Wi-Fi only version with the high resolution display that will cost  $160 each and then approximately 100 of the iPad 2s and those are also 16 GB Wi-Fi and will cost $140,” he said.

Blakey-Shell said he is always so impressed when they get hardware back because the students take very good care of it.

“We also have done a lot of things where the kids have to keep a case on the machine and in the case of the Macs we have a speck case that hooks onto the outside of it and that takes care of a lot of the wear and tear,” he said. “So the machine itself ends up in really good shape. There are a few with dings and dents that we are going to sell at a reduced price. Otherwise, they are 100 percent functionally fine.”

Blakey-Shell said they test all the machines to make sure everything is working properly and they do a clean install.

“We make sure that any student’s data or previous user’s data has been wiped of the,” he said. “It is just like you are getting a fresh Mac. We try to be really competitive with our pricing as there is a lot of people locally who can benefit from something like this.”

Blakey-Shell said the district has a three-year refresh cycle where they will replace all the hardware in the district during that time frame. MAPS has been in the one-to-one computer program for five years with Apple, and this is the second time the district has sold hardware.

“There is a variety of companies in the Midwest that buy up used Macs, and we will sell them off that way,” he said. “We got a pretty good response last year and sold about 100 of the Macs locally and right around the same number of iPads, which is a pretty good amount for a community of this size.”

Blakey-Shell said they can checks, cash or credit cards, but there is a 3 percent fee added on for credit cards. Sales tax will be charged as well for all the purchases.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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