[K12OSN] public school technology budgets

Huck dhuckaby at paasda.org
Wed Apr 29 18:05:11 UTC 2009

for a 250 student private high school
the budget is 25-30k/yr

to cover everything hardware & software based...not support time/staff

with about 150 computers in total..MAC/Linux/XP

a K-8 private school with about 100 students and 60 machines, including 
tech time(20hrs/month) is about 15k/yr


monteslu at cox.net wrote:
> Does anyone on the list have any idea what a typical yearly technology 
> budget is at a public K-6 or K-8?
> I know this will vary wildy depending on districts, but I'm just looking 
> for a ballpark.
> Over severaly years, I've volunteered at a private school building a 
> large network of about 70 thin clients for 200 or so students on very 
> little available for technology (about 10K per year) using ltsp and 
> other various other open source software.  Lately I haven't had much 
> time to spend on fixing some things and of course a few MS fanboy 
> parents have siezed the opportunity to say how much better off we'd be 
> using windows.
> Any idea what kind of cash it takes to run a network that size on 
> windows? Not just inital hardware and software purchases, but ongooing 
> maintenance.
> I'm not trying to make a case for either side, I just want everyone to 
> be aware of what it will cost them to buy machines and have someone to 
> maintain them while kids are using them?
> I have no interest in volunteering hours in cleaning up spyware and 
> viruses from a bunch of windows computers with hard drives, so they'll 
> need to pay someone to do it.
> Thanks,
> Luis
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