EDITOR’S NOTE: SHOWING YOU THE MONEY
6/24/2014 8:00:00 PM
I’m not sure if contributing editor Ellen Ullman likes doing
her taxes or not, but she sure seemed to enjoy digging into
the finances of some of the country’s more innovative school
districts (Smart Ways to Save). Ullman discovered some
savings: Alvord (CA) Unified School District cut $60,000 from
its annual budget by restructuring its printer footprint; Thomas
Starr King Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School
District saved more than $50,000 buying refurbished Macs; and
Vancouver (WA) Public Schools realized millions of dollars in cost
savings through the automation and streamlining of its logistics and
For further punishment, we tasked Ellen to survey schools on the benefits of Asset
Management Software, one of the most brain-numbing, yet important, assignments on our
editorial calendar each year (Take Charge). Like
it or not, these back office systems are what can really
make district-level financial management better, which
ultimately means more money for students in the
All of the anecdotes in this issue don’t focus on
frugality however. Each points out new and interesting
ideas on how to re-imagine and change teaching
and learning. My favorite quote is from CIO advisor
Kyle Barger, chief technology officer at Duncanville
Independent School District in Duncanville, Texas,
who is experimenting with edtech rental kiosks in
libraries: “People forget education is a big business. I
have 14,000 employees—students and staff. I’m a big
company. It’s an exciting adventure to [use] this model.
We’re placing our first machine this month.”
— Kevin Hogan
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