Friday, February 17, 2017

Chromebook financing

Some of you may wonder, “how much money is put into the chromebook budget annually?” Well, although we cannot answer this directly, after some research, we can give you an understanding of how it all works. On average, about 10 people come in daily with chromebook issues. These issues can range from battered and broken chromebooks to software updates just kicking people off of the internet. The highest amount of money that a student will have to pay for a broken chromebook is $400. This amount is for total destruction of the motherboard, at which point the rest of the device is salvaged. The lowest that a student can pay is $50. There is no reason for this price besides just a general consensus of the school. We asked Mrs. Cooper what she thought of the chromebooks,and she replied,” For the abuse that they take, they are pretty high quality.”
After we gathered these estimates, we took it upon ourselves to find out if the chromebooks are recorded in our school's finances. To our surprise, we found that there isn’t really much that directly regards the chromebooks themselves. Instead it’s all broad terms for anything technological. We have many different revenue streams from which we get our money. The money we receive falls into four categorical funds, one of which is technology. Since the school has so much technology, narrowing the money down to one number is a hard task to do for chromebooks specifically. We found that a rough estimate on our technology budget is around $70,000 to $75,000 annually. The school then takes that money and draws out a plan on how to use it. We did some calculations of our own though. We saw that if you take the three people a day for 36 weeks, you have around $7750 on chromebook repairs alone. (Let us remind you that this holds no bearings to the information that we have presented to you; this is just what we calculated). Finally, we asked what the plan was for replacement computers in the future would be, as they no longer manufacture the motherboards needed for the current chromebooks. Mrs. Cooper said that “We would most likely move to a newer model of the chromebooks that would be a bit thinner, but would otherwise be about the same (as the old model).”
By: Brandon Smith and Marc Carter

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