MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring School Superintendent Ron Taylor announced last week his school district has received two vouchers worth just over $38,000 from the Microsoft Company to purchase software and hardware for the computers in the school district.
Taylor said the vouchers are the result of a lawsuit the district is involved in against the company.
"Several year's ago our school district signed on as plaintiff against Microsoft. Just recently, in a class action lawsuit they were found guilty of overcharging some school districts and trying to monopolize computers and computer related products," he said.
The superintendent said one voucher was a general purpose voucher for $19,066.40. The other voucher was a software voucher for the same amount.
"We have until April 25, 2011, to use both vouchers," Taylor said.
He said Microsoft specified what both vouchers could be used for.
Taylor said the general purpose voucher can be used to purchase any qualifying hardware such as new personal computers, laptops, printers, scanners, keyboards and pointing devices such as a mouse.
The voucher can also be used for equipment needed in networking such as routers, servers and wireless network cards.
The software voucher can be used to purchase Microsoft operating system software such as Microsoft Windows. The superintendent said the voucher can also be used to purchase spreadsheet and presentation software as well as Microsoft Office or Microsoft Works.
The Mammoth Spring School District technology/computer director said the school has yet to decide how the vouchers will be spent.