I love getting the maximum bang for my buck. Perhaps it comes from spending years in the Middle East where bargaining is an art form. Maybe it is because that as a former classroom teacher and librarian, I know of better ways to spend educational funds than on wires and chips. Could be that it is just my Midwestern hard-headedness that insists that only fools use two mules when one mule will do. And I know it a deep-seated distrust of anybody who wants to make a profit on selling anything to schools.
So it seems I am one of the few idiots tech directors who kind of like writing about budgets and saving money instead of spending it - that old "leader vs. manager" thing again. Here are a few previous articles and posts on spending tech/library dollars wisely:
- Budgeting for Lean, Mean Times (library focus) (Updated here)
- Zero-sum budgets and Technology
- The Politics of Money for the School Library Media Professional
- Budget dust
- Budgeting for books
- Transparent budgets
- Where are the savings in using GoogleApps for Education?
- Free is good
- Sustainable Technology
Most of what I've written applies mainly to individual schools and libraries. So I thought it may be fun (for me anyway) to approach the money thing from a district perspective. As district budgets shrink, technology departments will most certainly be impacted. How will we clever tech directors manage to keep up with increasing demands for technologies and services when our financial resources don't?
Over the next few days, I'll tackle some of these strategies. I'll bet you can hardly wait!
- Use effective budgeting techniques
- The (buying) power of groups: consortium purchasing, state contracts, bidding and quotes
- Sustainable technology
- The right tool for the right job: avoid buying a new semi when a used pickup will do
- Free is good
- Head to the cloud
- Enforce standardization
- Maximize your e-rate funding
- Are you still supporting 16mm flim projectors? I thought so
- Stuff without training is money wasted
Any budget stretching strategies you're willing to share?