The federal agency, General Services Administration (GSA), got in the county’s good graces recently as it donated computers to Suitland High School.
“Today, we are proud to have the GSA as another partner with our schools that will be providing significant resources to our children that will help prepare them to be the workforce of the future,” said Baker at a ceremony on Oct. 20. “On behalf of Prince George’s County, I want to thank the GSA for their generous donation and investment in our children.”
GSA donated the computers as part of its Computers for Learning (CFL) Program. The program allows federal agencies to donate surplus computers and equipment to schools and educational nonprofits through GSA. The event on Oct. 20 was to let schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area know the program exists.
Prince George’s County Public Schools superintendent William Hite says he plans to expand the program to even more schools. He says the computers will allow Prince George’s students to remain competitive on a global scale.
“When our students encounter the high-tech, high-skills jobs of the future, they will not only be competing with their peers locally, but globally,” Hite said. “Students on the other side of the world are frequently educated earlier and longer with special emphasis on the technology, math and science skills required for the industries of tomorrow. The addition of these computers in classrooms across Prince George’s County will ensure that our students have a competitive edge when they enter the workforce.”
Those comments are in stark contrast to comments made by Prince George’s regarding the agency’s contract-awarding procedures as the county continues to get left out in the cold in terms of federal leasing.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, D.-Md., have had harsh criticism of the agency as they want a more transparent view of GSA’s leasing contracts.
“I have asked very pointed questions on the record and challenged [GSA officials] on the way they engage in leasing,” Edwards told the AFRO.
“I do think that it is having the effect of making GSA more accountable in its process,” she continued. “We are simply not enjoying the most justice of the federal government when it comes to parity in the region around leasing opportunities. We just got to keep the pressure on.”
District 7 board member, Henry P. Armwood Jr. expressed his appreciation.
“I am extremely grateful to GSA National Capital Region for donating 40 computers to Suitland High School today. More importantly, I am pleased that GSA recognizes the role that it can play in helping our students meet the demands of an increasingly technological society.”
For more information about CFL, visit computersforlearning.gov.