The AAPS board has heard a recommendation to replace 103 district copiers at a cost of $385,242 for a 39-month lease. The recommended copiers have been tested in several district offices for performance, durability, functionality, and easy of use. While the primary functionality of the new machines is comparable to the current machines, the interface is easier to use and should reduce the amount of paper used.
Because the district made the choice to delay the five-year replacement schedule until the spring of 2012, maintenance costs have increased.
In the past, the lease and corresponding maintenance cost for copiers have been funded with the general fund. Robert Allen, deputy superintendent for operations, recommends that the district fund the purchase of the copiers through the tech bond. It has been verified with the district’s bond counsel that this would be an allowable expense for the bond.
The presentation on Feb. 27, 2013 was a first briefing. The board will vote on the purchase at its next regular meeting.
This brief was filed from the board room of the Ann Arbor District Library in downtown Ann Arbor at Fifth and William. A more detailed report of the meeting will follow: [link]