By BRIAN HALL
Chambersburg Area School District’s business manager anticipates the district will save more than $700,000 over the next five years after striking a new deal with Xerox.
The board voted for the change on Wednesday.
The district will remove and sell about 633 printers in the district, many of them in-classroom inkjet printers. Xerox will add about seven products that aren’t already being used in the district. The central printing system is expected to save $723,000 over the next five years.
“One of the biggest things we ran across was the amount of time our network people were spending on printers,” said Steven Dart, district business manager. “We identified the problem that we just don’t have enough staff to keep up with these 700 inkjet printers. With our current contract with Xerox, I think that started a conversation going.
“District personnel would get out of the business of servicing printers. That would allow our network people to focus on network connections.”
A new system will be put into place for the 2012-13 school year.
Xerox completed an assessment of the district over 18 months. The number of inkjet printers will be reduced from 844 to 211. Xerox calculated it cost the district about $64,000 per month to operate its previous fleet of printers, services and products. The estimated cost over the next five years is $52,000 per month.
The district will not remove inkjet printers out of high-print areas such as
computer labs and libraries. Classroom teachers will get their printouts from centralized locations, with larger buildings (like the high school) having more printers.
Every building will have more than one multi-function machine and the wireless system allows for printing from Smartphones and tablets.
“The cost of the ink cartridges in those inkjets is substantial,” said Dart. “We won’t have people in the district repairing inkjet printers which can be time consuming to get those machines back online.
“We’re going to drop by 70, 75 percent the number of machines we have deployed around the district.”
Also at the meeting, Eric Guyer was hired as the new girls soccer coach and Jenny Schmutzler was hired as the new girls basketball coach at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. Schmutzler’s hiring was added after an executive session.
The board also approved Carl Patla as a school police officer – the second official member of the Chambersburg Area School District police force. Patla has complete all certifications and training and is qualified to serve as a school police officer. Patla had been serving with the district on a temporary basis at the end of the 2011-12 school year.
Brian Hall can be reached at 262-4811 and email@example.com, or @bkhallpo.