Students from two Roman Catholic schools received new laptop computers May 2 under a pilot program that mirrors Gov. Angus King's initiative to provide similar technology to all seventh- and eighth-graders in the state's public schools.

St. James School in Biddeford and Cathedral School in Portland are the first Catholic schools in Maine to get the Dell laptops. The initial shipments of Apple iBook computers for public schools were delivered earlier this year.

At present, there are no plans to allow students to take the laptops home, said Sister

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