Update: Pictures of Florida School’s “Mac Massacre”

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Trashy? Macs destined for landfill from an elementary school in Florida.

After our post on yesterday’s en masse binning of hundreds of working Macs from a “PC only” school district in Florida, a reader who wished to remain anonymous sent us pics of those computers destined by that school for the trash. We also received comment from a school administrator.

First things first: here they are, stacks of laptops and neat rows of Macs destined for the rubbish heap. Our tipster says more than 208 perfectly good Macs are headed for the dump.

As many of you pointed out in the comments of yesterday’s piece, even if the school district didn’t want to use the Macs, they could’ve sold them and used the money — or given them away instead of just dumping them.

More pics of the great Florida Mac massacre & commentary after the jump.

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A CoM reader and Sarasota resident was so outraged by the situation to ping a Florida administrator for clarification. We are re-publishing those comments here, with the caveat that we haven’t been able to verify them in the meantime:

Q: NyxoLyno Cangemi

As a Sarasota resident, I can’t help but ask why my tax dollars are
being misused like this? You are sending working Apple computers to the scrap heap?

A:
Lori M. White
Superintendent of Schools
The School Board of Sarasota County, Florida

“It is unfortunate that there was some mis-information in this news story. These computers that were between five and ten years old will be assessed by our tech staff to determine which machines can be refurbished and given to families. This program operates through donated goods and services. Those machines that cannot be refurbished will be removed by a state-approved recycling company for disposal. We receive a small check for this service and it eliminates our cost for electronic disposal.

Staff can receive a computer, but the operating system and all software must be removed. Our licensing agreements do not allow us to transfer this on computers to other owners. The benefit of a computer without the operating system is limited and is not very cost effective when considering the cost of installing new software.”

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It’s sad to see so many computers (total count from tipster: 208) that look to be in good condition and were said to be working destined for landfill because of license agreements (open source, anyone?) , despite the official considerations.

Ouch.

Here’s several more pictures of all the machines that are being dumped, sent by our source.

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