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MCESA employee supports rural school district with refurbished computers


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  • Laurie King/Maricopa County Education Service Agency

Morristown Elementary School hasn’t had new computers since the early 2000s. Located in the far-north west portion of Maricopa County, with fewer than 150 students in grades kindergarten through eight, Morristown struggles to maintain the same types of capital investments larger more affluent school districts do. However, in spite of these challenges, Morristown has a deep commitment to providing high quality instruction to all of its students.

So when Maricopa County Education Service Agency  employee Jean-Claude Mbock was working with the school to maintain their outdated equipment to keep it as functional as possible and happened across an opportunity, he knew he could help. Because of inter-department collaboration, Jean-Claude learned that the Maricopa County Human Services Department was refreshing their existing computers and sending their “old” computers to salvage. Recognizing an opportunity to save the county the expense of disposing the machines and while providing Morristown with newer model computers, Mbock arranged for the reconditioning and delivery of the computers to the rural district.

“Morristown was struggling with trying to figure out how they can provide their students with the same types of learning experiences wealthier school districts have. This solution seemed like a win-win for everyone involved,” stated Mbock.

Head Teacher Lucille Thompson commented, “We are very committed to providing every child with the highest quality education. Partnerships, such as the one we have we have with MCESA, enable us to maintain our high standards and move into the future.”

As Maricopa County continues to seek solutions to providing fiscally responsible high quality services, innovative partnerships such as what MCESA and Morristown have entered into are vital. Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman stated, “This action, initiated by Mr. Mbock and MCESA, personifies Maricopa County’s vision of citizens serving citizens by working collaboratively, innovatively, efficiently, and effectively. I could not be more pleased by this outcome which so significantly benefits the students of Morristown Elementary.”

For additional information, contact Laurie King, MCESA Director of Learning and Communication Systems at (602) 689-0581 or laurie.king@mcesa.maricopa.gov.

The Maricopa County Education Service Agency and its staff of expert practitioners and service-oriented professionals are dedicated to ensuring that the more than 700,000 school-age children in the county graduate college- and career-ready by building alliance partnerships to provide leadership, services and programs in the areas of Educational Innovation, Economic Management and Executive Leadership. Under the direction of the Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, the agency is also statutorily responsible for approximately 160 mandates related to education in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county and home to 63 percent of all school-age children in Arizona. For more information,visit www.maricopa.gov/mcesa.