Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Democrat & Chronicle: Local News

Golisano helps high school go high-tech
Students at Bishop Kearney to get laptops, new curriculum

(February 14, 2007) — Starting in September, every student at Bishop Kearney High will get a laptop and the school will get a high-tech upgrade designed to better prepare its graduates for work in the global economy.

Paychex Inc. founder Tom Golisano announced Tuesday that he planned to use his money and influence to make the traditionally Catholic institution the most technologically advanced high school in the United States.

In addition to the laptop computers, the campus will have a wireless network, and curriculum enhancements will incorporate practical life and business applications.

The school will also get a new name, Bishop Kearney High School / A Golisano Education Partner.

"The world has changed dramatically since I was in secondary school," said Golisano, who was greeted with a standing ovation at Tuesday's assembly of parents, students, teachers and alumni. "The cradle-to-grave security of large corporations is gone."