Area ‘Geek Squad’ class is saving tax payer dollars and teaching students valuable skills

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Student are being taught how to fix school technologies which other students might happen to break.

When you put laptops in the hands of school-kids, disaster is bound to happen. That might mean hundreds of dollars in repairs. If a Fort Osage High student breaks their chrome book, it might end up in the hands of other students who know how to fix it.

The Intro to Technology Maintenance class could easily be mistaken for a high tech repair shop. The students involved are in charge of repairs for the $4,000 chrome books in the school.

"All of the elementaries, and seventh, eighth, ninth chrome books as well as the teacher's," said teacher Patricia Smith.

This class is the first of its kind at Fort Osage High School. Students are barely two weeks in.

"I've always liked computers and stuff," said student Brandon Valerio.

This was the answer to a persistent problem at the school. More money was spent shipping the laptops out than the actual cost of repairs. Now these students are saving the school and tax payers money while learning lifelong skills.

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