Printers Removed Due To Current Economic Climate

Posted on October 17, 2011


News|Christina Manero

Every new school year brings changes.  Some of these changes, such as the implementation of the No Place for Hate program, seek to improve the school’s environment.  Other changes seek to improve the school’s efficiency.  An example of this sort of change is the recent removal of the printers from classrooms.
The decision to eliminate the printers was made last spring when the community came together to discuss the district budget.  In these hard economic times, budget modifications and cuts were inevitable.  Mrs. Swanson, the district’s Director of Technology, explained that the decision “was a cut that the district was able to make without affecting student programming or student access to technology.”
During regular technology maintenance over the summer, the printers were removed from the classrooms.  The printers will be “recycled at a profit to the district,” and the profits will go toward buying ink and toner for the remaining copiers and printers, according to Mrs. Swanson.  There are now four copiers in the building available for teacher use, including the copier in the library that doubles as a student printer/copier.  In addition, there are printers in the science wing and the guidance department.  Just recently, a printer has been placed in the library for student use.
Throughout the school, students and teachers alike are learning to live without the convenience of printers in their classrooms.  Some, like Mr. Eickhoff, have chosen to take a humorous view of the issue.  He declares, “I have figured out why this is occurring.  It is a surreptitious health and wellness plan to get us up and walking great distances.”
On a more serious note, many teachers feel strained by the change.  Mr. Malossini explains that he is “wasting several minutes a day because of having to pick up print jobs.”  He notes that this time could have been spent improving his classes.  In the same vein, Mr. Zgraggen recounted a day where he “spent 45-50 minutes trying to find my stuff.”
Mrs. Zehner agrees that “everything takes a lot longer,” adding, “it can be quite frustrating.”  This frustration can be seen daily in the library.  Mrs. Arlen noted that there are “a lot more teachers in the library printing class materials.”  She explained that this creates quite an issue for students seeking to print single pages.
Junior Emma Coltoff echoed this sentiment, stating that if students are unable to print at home, “the next resource is the school.  But if we can’t find a place to print [because of teachers printing in the library], we are penalized for turning in work late.  How is that fair?”  Mia Mormando added to this statement, saying that when the teachers have to copy or print in the library, “they use our time to print.”
Hopefully, with the placement of a new printer in the library in the past week, the student situation will improve.  While the new printer will certainly assist in remedying the problem, students and teachers alike remain upset by the change.  Mr. Drake, for example, observes that the change puts students who may need printouts of notes on the spot “at a disadvantage,” and feels that this side-effect “is a real problem.”  Other teachers expressed similar views.  There is no doubt that the removal of the printers will save the district money; savings have been estimated above $30,000, according to Mrs. Swanson.  However, some are wondering how far is too far when it comes to budget cuts.
Change, by its very nature, forces people to adjust.  There is no doubt that this particular change has and will continue to take a lot of adjustment.

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