Money for media center falls short


The campaign to automate the Liberty High School media center ends tonight with the presentation of a check for nearly $14,000.

The $13,904 includes $10,000 remaining from last year's Parent Teacher Student Association fund and falls far short of the $40,000 goal set two months ago at the outset of the campaign.

"It was way below what we needed and anticipated," said Pat DeBoy, PTSA secretary. "Some of the local businesses that we really thought would come through for us didn't. Quite a few parents and staff members did help."

Campaign organizers sent more than 300 letters last month to area businesses. While Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. and Haight Funeral Home gave $1,000 and $500 respectively, most donations averaged $100, Ms. DeBoy said.

The school also received used computer equipment.

"Anything which is IBM-compatible works fine for us," said Ruth Ann Brown, school media specialist.

The money collected is enough to pay for a newly installed checkout system, a file server and a CD ROM reader. Phase II of the campaign -- the purchase of 19 research computers and several printers -- is on hold.

"We had hoped to buy several computers to set up a network for the students," Ms. DeBoy said.

The multiple linked terminals and printers would help Liberty's 1,050 students find the library's 20,000 books and periodicals faster than a card catalog.

"Right now we have no computers for the students to access the catalog," said Ms. Brown, who is bar-coding library materials.

The campaign raised enough money to buy a few computers and printers, she said.

"This is a big project, and we will just do it more slowly," she said.

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