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Batavia parents to shell out for back-to-school

BATAVIA – Buying costly computer software might not be on the back-to-school list of every parent.

But Batavia school district is recommending that parents of high school students upgrade their home computers to Microsoft Office 2007.

The district recently sent a letter to high school parents notifying them that all the computers in the district this summer are being updated with Microsoft Office 2007.

District officials could not be reached for comment.

The letter stressed the disadvantages of not having the new software, which carries a suggested retail price of $499.99.

“If students use an older version of Microsoft Office at home, it is usually possible to translate their projects back and forth between different versions of Microsoft Office,”the letter said. “However, this can be a tedious process, and information may not be always be translated properly.”

The letter promoted the fact that parents can buy the software at a group discount through a partnership with Cooperative Purchasing Network of Illinois, Microsoft and Virginia-based CampusTech.

According to CampusTech’s Web page, the price for the software after the discount is $84.85.

The letter noted that CampusTech is not directly affiliated with the Batavia School District, and advised parents to make sure their computer system meets the operating requirements on Microsoft Office 2007 to ensure compatibility with their system.

For students to qualify for the discount, the company needs a fax or e-mailed copy of a parent’s photo ID and either a copy of the student’s report card or a school letter verifying school enrollment.

School letters verifying current enrollment will be available at registration as well as in the high school’s main office.

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