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    New budgets

    Had a chat with the Business manager before Easter. Hopefully they'll tell me exactly what I get at some point... possibly... maybe...

    Just had a new SIMS server put in £5K. 2 x Quad Core, 8 Gb RAM. Lovely. Should keep things going a while.

    Probably get about £6K to maintain servers, workstations, projectors, printers. Get a 3 year loan for 110 new laptops to replace the 4 year old ones the staff use for SIMS - about £40K. Replace about 90 workstations (£27K) and about the same number of TFTs to replace CRTs (£8K). Then there's the new Media Studies room 10 machines (£4.5K) + fibre networking and a couple of new Gb switches - and I need some fast storage for their top quality project work - £????.

    Then there's the new Music Tech room. 3 or 4 Macs. Networking.

    Then there's the moving of two computer rooms - networking, new fibre. £???K

    That's not even mentioning the £5K I've got to buy some more storage space. That won't get much of a SAN unless I build my own .

    And all for September. Bugger.

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    Ive been just sent a shopping list by one of my places saying please order for us including laptops etc so either there spending new budget already or expected me to be doing too much to forget to order it, either way its ordered and invoiced as of this friday be it new budget spend or not

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    My budget runs Sept-Aug so still middle of the year for me, though i am in the process of putting together my list for the new budget. This year got 7K for day to day running repairs, bulbs, etc. 3K print ink budget put this gets added to by departments termly when they are billed for printing. 20K for software licences, 4k for net, and depending on year 30-80k on other larger projects like replacing pc's etc.
    Am due a meeting with HM to see what his vision is for next year and see how i can squeeze the money to fit.

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    Just had ours approved

    200K for replacement, expansion, licensing, etc

    And a budget to buy inks / toners / other bits and bobs - all of which we bill back to the departments, so in effect it should balance out each year.

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    we got 137k last year and not seen this years but everything on our wish list we have, but have a lower budget due to smaller yr 7 intake must have been a bad year relationship wise lol!!! Got the spend ok 2 weeks ago but my boss the net manager (will put in the ffs forum bit) is taking his time putting thru my orders that are still sitting on his desk!!

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    Interesting thread, but it's difficult to translate because a 20k budget might be a lot to a small primary, but not much to a large secondary.

    Any chance you guys can work out the budget £ per pupil and repost.
    Last edited by CyberNerd; 10th April 2008 at 10:54 PM.

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    Yep, we have to scrape £25k off our plans this year because of the squeeze. I don't understand why there's so little money this year though.

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    I don't understand why there's so little money this year though.
    You got a VLE, right?

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    we still have 18k left from last year still waiting for head to give us the go ahead for a tape library and san solution we tendered for 6 months ago!!! took months speaking to different suppliers getting the appropriate quotes together etc.

    MAKE A DECISION MAN ItS NOT HARD
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    Ye-es, but we bid for what we got last year and this year got £25k less, that's what I don't understand.

    Asked the boss and he sortof shrugged and said that that's just what's been decided. Means half our projects can go by the wayside, anyway.

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    less this year, around £60k but we've got good deals with dell and they always provide us with quality hardware and support at a much much cheaper price... then we knock them down even more.

    We also have no internet connectivity to pay for 3 yrs but that money has been held back to use else where.

    btw who uses sims capita support? This 1-5 star support stuffs? Its really expensive even for the smallest 1 star package which still doesnt include a remote in.

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    So do all you get a lump sum?
    And then you decide when computers/laptops/printers are needed?

    Because all i get is an amount for 'repairs'. And then anything above that has to be something ive had planned, and then approved at the beginning of each financial year. With the head of ICT deciding/suggesting to SMT rooms that need new computers in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Any chance you guys can work out the budget £ per pupil and repost.
    £200K is about £110 per pupil (Although about half of it will actually be on staff)

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    So do all you get a lump sum?
    And then you decide when computers/laptops/printers are needed?
    Our school receives its money in quarterly amounts from the LA. I've never been asked to wait until the next payment comes in.

    Replacements and most upgrades are part of a 3 year plan. Most years though we have extra things - this year more P16 PCs as it 6th form is growing.

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    Not seen the budgets here yet, but I know were on a tight one this year too

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    £42 per pupil

    and that's not taking into account that a majority of the budget will be spent on staff, not pupils.
    How are we supposed to survive on that!?!?!



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