Understanding Printing Costs Saves Judson ISD Money

Using your school copier as a network printer allows Judson ISD staff to print collated, stapled documents directly from their desks. Printing to a copier is faster than most laser printers, and the cost per page savings can be dramatic.Printer

Printing to the copier costs about .01 cent per page.  Most laser printers cost about .0233 cents a page given that the average toner cartridge costs $70.00 and yields about 3000 copies. However, normal maintenance costs can make the cost per copy even higher.  Another concern with laser printers is the volume of copies that are needed.  Many laser printers have monthly usage quotas.  When staff members print more than this amount it greatly increases the maintenance cost which in turn will increase the cost per copy.


Printing efficiently is everyone’s responsibility and can save Judson ISD thousands of dollars every year. The table below is to be used for benchmarking the comparative costs of producing black and white print on the available range of devices.

Type of print device

Minimum cost (in cents)

Maximum Cost (in cents)

Floor copier / MFP

1.5 per page

4 per page

Networked laser printer

2 per page

6.5 per page

Desktop laser printer

5 per page

12 per page

Inkjet printer

12 per page

65 per page

The figures are cost per A4 page.

The figures are for an A4 page and include the cost of purchase, typical replacement parts such as drums and cartridges, as well as warranties and all other consumables including paper. The figures have been arrived at by the consolidation of current industry reports first published in a study of best practice by SCHOMS 2007.


Summer 2008 Bond Technology Deployment Plans

On November 7, 2006, the voters of Judson Independent School District approved a $236.4 million dollar bond of which $8 million is allotted for technology. The technology bond will replace all existing computers in the district with new ones and, if necessary, add computers to campuses to attain under a 3:1 ratio of students to computers, when possible (this includes X-tenda workstations). The bond also includes money for campuses to receive additional projectors, network printers and furniture for any added components.

Knowing the bond deployment would be a four year process, Technology Services set forth on the road to implementation by completing the first year deployment in the summer/fall of 2007. A total of nine (9) schools were completed including two (2) middle schools and seven (7) elementary schools.  This summer will include nine (9) campuses as well as portions of the central office.  Bond funded computers

2008 Group
Kirby, Hopkins, Miller’s Point, JSAS, JLA, Crestview, Park Village, Elolf, Hartman

2009 Group

2010 Group
Wagner, Salinas

Converse Elementary School, Judson High School, and other new schools have funds in their construction bond to replace the technology on the campus as a part of their rebuild. These campuses will have new technology deployed as a part of the opening of their new campuses.

Technology Services must now turn to the task of preparing for removal of older machines, deployment of new machines, and training the campus staff. This process will consist of several pre-deployment meetings with campus administration and staff and three teams working in succession to remove, deploy, and perform quality check.

The implementation process will include several planned steps

  • Meeting with campus administrative staff to explain the process
  • Meeting with all campus staff to explain the process
  • Site survey to map technology placement, drops and electrical
  • Support for campus personnel to archive files from older machines
  • Advance team to remove old equipment and make-ready for implementation
  • Implementation team to install new equipment
  • Quality control team to test hardware and software
  • Priority technical support through the Help Desk
  • Campus Instructional Technologist to provide instructional support and training
  • Redeployment of refurbished computers to other campuses in need

The Judson ISD taxpayers have placed a very large stamp of approval on the use of technology in the classroom, and we plan to exceed their expectations. Thank You for your support and patience as Judson ISD continues down this road!

More information is available at the Judson ISD Technology Services Bond Site

What Happened to my H: drive? And Why?

After implementing network home directories (H:) at Judson High School in 2000, Judson ISD took the resources district-wide three years ago. The purpose of these drives is to provide employees and students with a secure location to save their important files that were centrally located for ease of backup and recovery.   At the time we based the capacity of the file servers on a 2% growth per year in population and a 50% per year growth in demand. However, with the growth of the district and the popularity of the drives, we are quickly running out of space.

Computer FilesIn order to add capacity to the current file servers we must start from scratch. Much as most users find over time, we all must clean out old files to make room for future projects.  So, during the coming summer we will be deleting the H: drives of all staff for campuses that are not bond deployed this summer. We delete and rebuild the student H: drives every summer; however, this will be the first time in 3 years that we have done so to the employees’ home directories. We will not delete the K: or T: drives; however, we are requesting that employees take the time to clean up the files and folders before they leave for the summer months.

We are asking that you copy to another media (CD, thumb drive, external hard drive, etc) any files that you wish to keep from this school year. While you can move them to My Documents, it is not recommended. The computer could always be accidentally reassigned to a different room. We will provide CDs for those people who have access to DVD/CD burners at their campuses. We have created a Jumpstart Card on how to move files as well as a link to a video to walk you through the process if you are not comfortable with the process of moving files. All files in the H: drive that you want to keep must by copied by June 6, 2008. This means your H: drive will not be available through the portal during the summer. When you come back next year, the home directory will be recreated and have a quota of 200MB. Please remember the H: drive is for district work and files.  Personal photos, music or video should not be saved to your H: drive.

The affected campuses are: Judson HS, Wagner HS, Kitty Hawk MS, Woodlake Hills MS, Metzger MS, Candlewood ES, Coronado Village ES, Converse ES, Franz ES, Olympia ES, Paschall ES, Salinas ES, Spring Meadows ES, Woodlake ES.


JISD Teachers Complete Texas STaR Chart

All Judson ISD teachers have completed the online Texas STaR (School Technology and Readiness) Chart; a teacher tool for planning and self-assessing technology teaching and learning resources. This online survey is designed to help teachers, campuses, and districts determine their progress toward meeting state goals as outlined in the Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020 as well as the goals and vision of the district.

All Texas teachers must complete the online survey annually and use their individual profile to gauge their progress in integrating technology into teaching and learning. The STaR Chart is divided into four Key Areas:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Educator Preparation and Development
  • Leadership, Administration and Instructional Support
  • Infrastructure for Technology.

Teachers select the “Level of Progress” that best describe his or her technology proficiency, resources and technology integration. The descriptions have assigned point values which are calculated then classified as: Early Tech, Developing Tech, Advanced Tech and Target Tech.

Judson ISD data shows 96% of campuses have moved out of the Early Tech classification level in all Key Areas. The majority of the campuses are currently in the Developing Tech classification level for all Key Areas.  Many of the campuses have reached the Advanced Tech level for some of the Key Areas. The deployment of Bond purchased equipment will continue to impact our STaR Chart results in the coming years as teachers and students develop technology proficiency skills and increased access to updated equipment.

The Texas Teacher STaR Chart data collected is a useful tool for measuring and documenting the impact of state and local efforts to improve student learning through the use of technology as specified in No Child Left Behind and Title II, Part D funding. Furthermore, the results can be utilized to identify needs for on-going professional development, raise awareness of research-based instructional goals, and determine funding priorities based on teacher and classroom needs. 

Click to see STaR Chart Data 2008

Technology Services Web Site | Help Desk: (210) 945-JISD