By a 3-2 margin, the Kanawha County, West Virginia, school board has spiked a plan to give every teacher at the district's new Riverside High School a laptop computer when the $32 million facility opens this fall. School officials say the lack of support could devastate the school and delay its opening in late August.

"The school was designed around the concept of laptops and portability," Superintendent Ron Duerring told board members during a contentious board meeting June 3. "To not follow through renders the school useless."

Under the board's new plan, which was put forth June 14,


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