By last week, technicians had installed the high-end routers in 408 schools, according to a report. Other routers were delivered to schools, but await installation while workers build shelves and racks to hold the large devices.
"Most of the routers out there [unused] have nothing to do with the education system," Linger said.
Indeed, the state Office of Technology is storing the majority of unused routers -- more than 200. The technology agency hopes to distribute the routers to jails, health-care clinics, economic development groups and other state agencies.
In other business Wednesday, state school board members:
* Put out for public comment several proposals that change athletic transfer rules and other policies that affect sports programs. Individuals will have 60 days to submit comments.
The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission's board previously voted to approve the changes.
One proposal would make the SSAC's athletic transfer rules apply equally to private and public schools. The change is designed to comply with a Monongalia circuit judge's ruling last December. A Morgantown parent challenged the SSAC's rules after his daughter transferred from University High School to Trinity Christian, a private school, and was ordered to sit out of athletics for a year.
Other changes clarify sports practice eligibility requirements and middle school athletic transfer rules, and mandate that coaches and student-athletes ejected from playoff games or games at the end of the regular season to serve suspensions during the postseason.
* Hired Kelly Watts as executive director of the Regional Education Service Agency III in Dunbar. RESA III serves Kanawha, Putnam, Boone and Putnam county schools. Watts has worked as a RESA II administrator in Huntington since 2005.
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