Ottawa High School will be getting 30 new Apple iMac desktop computers for its journalism and graphic design labs.

The school board voted 7-0 Monday to purchase the computers for $32,220.

The Mac OS computer is the leading operating system in the journalism and graphic design fields, and the computers would be a substantial benefit to the students in these programs, Andrew Price, the school districtís director of technology, told the school board in his report. The Macs handle such graphic design programs as the Adobe suite better than other computers, he said.

Other software in the Apple iLife package can be used for audio, video and image editing, Price said, adding that the computers would have the capability to boot into the Mac operating system or the Microsoft Windows operating system.

The computers, at a cost of $1,074 each, would be distributed to Aimee Black, district Mac specialist; Kelli Fischer, OHS graphic design instructor; and Rachel Urban, OHS journalism instructor; as well as 12 computers to the OHS journalism lab and 15 computers to the OHS graphic design lab.