If PC's are in need of upgrading badly, let them fall over, let the problems occur, just do your best to keep it going and when they can't handle any more then tough - you have no budget for it.
Or just buy SSD drives for them
Only costs 60 quid per machine
Thats how we upgraded our old machines and they are fast and reliable now.
Seriously.. we get 3k/year to run all printers and 3k for everything else (not including internet, rm support though - separate budget).
We haven't had new computers since January 2009 (latest PCs we bought where 6 in Summer 2010, core 2 refurbs from ict-direct). Our oldest are from Summer 2005. We have just managed to get a new server pushed through after fighting since March, which is 7.5yrs old and regularly crashing.
10k a year for new equipment? YES PLEASE! Some of you don't realise how fortunate you are to have an SMT who sees ICT as an intergral part of the school or at least recognises that it needs ongoing investment; even just a token budget gesture for new hardware would be appreciated here.
I'm guessing there will be some worse off than us too (god help them), as it's already a massive struggle for us as things stand..
Must admit a new Core I7 would be lovely for my workstation when I come to change it, I am due an apprentice so think they maybe getting my PC and can get the new PC for me that's fair right to say they are a 12 month post and next year we might not have one....
Maintenance budget for my little lot was £1.5k, licensing was £3k (already spent £12k!) nothing for new kit, half the equipment is over 7 years old, some even older. Wahay!
I get 30k for everything (software, upgrades, maintenance). I look after 300 machines and 700 users, plus if the head decides she wants an extra IT room from somewhere (like she has the last 3 years) then she will pay for those machines out of a global pot of money - not my budget
Also come Easter im getting a nice shiny new network!! Every things going apparently! One perk of becoming an academy last month!!
Im going to go hide now before I get lynched!!
I got 110k this year and then got an extra 100k (one off) through our building project, then there is 25k in the licensing fund and 10k in the Av budget.
Out of that i purchased 300 (150 replace, 150 new) new desktops, 7 imacs and a Mac pro, about 250 monitors (still got about another 100 CRT's!) an MSA bolt on Enclosure. 2 new servers (which arrived yesterday ) I've also yet to replace our aging telephone system which has 20k in there for. I've also replaced about 15 switches this year.
The network is 10x better yet the overall budget has been slashed by around 100k! (previous people where pretty rubbish and wasted money on cr*p)
I'm not gonna tell you how much I've spent this year...or what my budget for next is...
I will *definitely* get lynched
And to think my school apologised at my interview saying the ICT budget wasn't very big.
Our school budget overall is pretty rubbish (2nd worse per head in the county! woo!) but I'm very lucky that the Head/Senior Team realise that IT needs money spending on it after years of underfunding/criminal wastage. I just never realised quite how lucky... but by the gods, it does make a difference, and everyone can tell.
@Domino Do you work in the independent sector?
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