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POWELL — About 5 percent of the iPads purchased for school students and staffers in Powell have had to be repaired or replaced since they were introduced last year.

Eighty-one iPads worth $40,192 were damaged. Of those, seven belonged to teachers and administrators and 74 were assigned to students.

Park County School District No. 1 paid about $1,890 to replace the seven staff iPads. Parents had to pick up the cost of the damaged student iPads. The replacement price for them was $256 each under the district's insurance plan.

IPads were distributed to high school, middle school and elementary students and staffers in the fall of 2011 at a cost of $722,000.

The most common problem was broken screens. The district has since purchased covers to help protect the tablets.

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