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Miles City Field Office
Release Date: 08/23/12
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BLM Donates Computers to Local School

MILES CITY, Mont. --- The BLM recently donated computers and printers which will be used to create a new computer lab at Washington Middle School Aug. 17.

Three printers and 30 complete computers which included a tower, flat screen monitor, keyboard and mouse, were turned over to school officials under the federal “Computers for Learning” program last week.

The Computers for Learning program or “CFL” evolved as a guide for implementing Executive Order 12999, Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for all Children in the Next Century.

The order encourages agencies like the BLM to transfer computers and related peripheral equipment excess to their needs directly to schools and educational nonprofit organizations to the extent permitted by law. The BLM Miles City Field Office has donated excess computers to local schools several times before as part of regular upgrades to work systems.

BLM Information Technology Specialist John Grau worked closely with Supply Technician Leanne Waterman to get the excess equipment to local students through the CFL program in coordination with the Miles City School System. All the hard drives were wiped clean before they left the BLM.

“What a great resource for our students and teachers,” said Keith Campbell, Superintendent of Schools for Miles City. “This is something we wouldn’t have been able to do, otherwise.”

Campbell, along with Miles City Schools System Technology Coordinator Ron Stanton drove a pickup to the BLM offices, Friday, to transport the towers, monitors and boxes of keyboards and extras back to school offices.  One trip was not enough to handle the donation.

“Believe me, they’ll be used,” said Stanton, as they loaded up the truck, placing monitors behind seats and boxes of keyboards into every available nook. “Twenty-five (computers) will be going to the Washington Middle School typing lab,” he said. “They’ll be getting a brand-new lab.”

The equipment represents a considerable windfall, according to Campbell, who said that the cost of purchasing the computers outright would not even be a possibility given other demands on their budget. Doing the quick math, he figured the donation represented over $40,000.

The CFL program's ambitious goal is to make modern computer technology an integral part of every classroom so that every child has the opportunity to be educated to his or her full potential. Schools and educational nonprofit organizations do not pay for excess computer equipment they receive through the CFL program; however, the recipients are responsible for the shipping and handling costs, as well as refurbishing costs.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Miles City Field Office   111 Garryowen Road      Miles City, Montana 59301  

Last updated: 08-23-2012