By JUDY SHERIDAN
Aledo ISD trustees reduced the impact of new computers on the 2013-14 general fund budget last week, and the total cost, by approving a three-year lease agreement for some in addition to making a purchase.
In line with recommendations from administrators, the school board approved the lease of 387 laptop computers for teachers, splitting the $350,000 cost into three annual payments.
In addition, the board authorized buying 122 desktop computers for $118,000 and monitors, cases and stands for $35,000, bringing the district’s total cost to about $270,000 this year.
The action required a budget amendment.
The total cost over three years — about $504,000 — is less than the $568,000 trustees backed away from in April, when administrators advised purchasing a slightly greater number of computers this year.
Trustee Johnny Campbell noted that the three-year lease agreement made sense for laptops, but not for desktops.
He said it would force the board to build an annual payment for replacement or lease into the budget, avoiding the sticker shock that comes with purchases made every several years.
“You now build in for at least that portion,” he said. “We all get in shock when the big number rolls around.”
Teacher computers — which represent about 15 percent of the total number in the district, according to administrators — were last purchased in 2008 and 2009 with proceeds from a bond election, making them all due for replacement at the same time.
By JUDY SHERIDAN
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