By ordering computers earlier in the year, using open-source software and purchasing larger servers, the Camas School District saved approximately $230,000 in technology costs.
“Thinking outside the box this year has saved hundreds of thousands and has increased our student-to-computer ratios district wide, allowing students more access to technology at school and from home,” said Sherman Davis, server administrator for the district.
Davis gave a technology update at a recent School Board meeting.
In addition to the savings, some of the highlights from the report included:
• Using “open source” software to run the district website, which saves licensing fees and allows parents more access.
• Installing a district-wide wireless system which allows connectivity from any classroom. This allows students and teachers to bring their own devices for one-on-one computing. It is being tested at Camas High School and will soon go district-wide.
• Students are able to access their files from home and are able to use the devices they currently own so that brand specific purchases are not required.