A Park Slope elementary school that had more than 50 Apple laptops stolen over the summer will get replacements, though it will take several weeks.
PS 107 Principal Cynthia Holton said that the Department of Education has told her that the city will supply new computers, but that the process will take “some time.”
“I’m just so happy to hear the good news,” Holton said. Until the city comes through, the school, on Eighth Avenue between 13th and 14th streets, will make do with a smaller amount of outdated computers that a technology teacher pressed into service in the library and science lab.
“We have the capability to sustain certain things,” Holton said.
When the new computers are finally delivered, it will erase the worst plotline in those kids’ “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” essay.
Stealthy thieves swiped MacBooks on two occasions in June and July as the school was undergoing renovations by the Komi Construction Company. Many parents blamed the contractor for failing to properly secure the building, and perhaps for having some of its employees involved in the caper.
A police source said that one worker was questioned, but no arrests were made.
Worse, the Department of Education initially refused to say if the laptops would be replaced.
But now, parents who were incensed at the thought of technology-deprived kids are relieved. Councilman Brad Lander (D-Park Slope), himself a PS 107 parent, was particularly enthused, saying, “Hooray!” at the news of in-coming laptops.
Neither police officials nor Komi Construction responded for requests for comment.