ROCKPORT — Administrators at Camden Hills Regional High School say a $56,000 bill for laptop repairs last year is “astronomically” high and are blaming student carelessness.

The school is one of 69 statewide that participate in a Maine Learning Technology Initiative program, under the Maine Department of Education, that makes laptops available to high school students.

Camden Hills spends about $150,000 to lease 778 laptop computers each year from the state.

State officials tell the Bangor Daily News that the school’s repair bill is one of the highest in the state.

Superintendent William Shuttleworth says students are careless with the laptops, often carrying them in the palm of one hand like a tray, knocking them off tables and desks, or leaving them on the ground where they get stepped on.