A Purchasing Alternative

I recently heard someone recommend leasing computer equipment rather than purchasing it outright. Is this a good idea for schools?

Equipment leasing is common practice in business environments, and some school districts do lease equipment such as copiers. Leasing computers can not only expand your capability to provide access to technology, but can also help you stay ahead on replacing obsolete equipment by allowing you to expend less money up front and then rotate computers by turning in a certain number of systems each year for new equipment. (Of course, doing this extends the life of the lease.)

The primary concern for many administrators is committing funds year after year in an uncertain economy. However, the terms of leases can be negotiated to include an opt-out clause and other features. The option is worth exploring.

Submitted by: Susan Brooks-Young

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