[K12OSN] public school technology budgets

Steven Santos Steven at SimplyCircus.com
Wed Apr 29 19:00:56 UTC 2009

Since I am looking at opening a charter school... 

State says that the complete tech budget should be between $135 and $250 per year per pupil, plus a start-up of about 1.5 years use.

Out of this should come:

- Tech Support
- Hardware replacement (5 year cycle)
- Software licensing
- Database licensing  
- Internet access
- Web Hosting
- Printing

In our budget we are putting in $207 per pupil for the 50 students and 8 staff we want to start with, or $12k per year, and $22k initial investment.  

Here is our breakdown:

Initial Costs:
2  LTSP Servers        $8,000 
1  MS2k7 Server+lic    $4,000
2  24 Port Gb switches $1,000
1  Wiring of building  $1,000 (parents doing labor)
35 terminals           $7,245

Total:		     $21,245

- Tech Support 	     $0 (parent is doing it)
- Hardware replacement $2,000 (5 year cycle)
- Software licensing   $1,000
- Database licensing   $2,000
- Internet access      $1,200
- Web Hosting          $  800

That still leaves us with 6K/year to work with.   

Steven Santos
Director, Simply Circus, Inc.
 Email: Steven at SimplyCircus.com
  Mail: 14 Pierrepont Road
        Newton, MA 02462
 Phone: 617-527-0667
   Web: www.SimplyCircus.com 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On
> Behalf Of monteslu at cox.net
> Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 1:35 PM
> To: k12osn at redhat.com
> Subject: [K12OSN] public school technology budgets
> 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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