Ayer-Shirley agrees to spend $186G on...

Ayer-Shirley agrees to spend $186G on new tech equipment

There are 6 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Dec 14, 2010, titled Ayer-Shirley agrees to spend $186G on new tech equipment. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

The Ayer-Shirley Regional School District is expected to spend $186,000 on technology updates for the newly formed regional district, which will be fully functional next school year.

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Curiouser

Livingston, NJ

#1 Dec 14, 2010
The towns of Ayer and Shirley are both in deficit yet the new ASRSC had no problem spending an extra 10,000 to acquire software and hardware for a new phone system by leasing instead of buying?
What is the reason for not being able to use the one that already exists?
Great lesson for the kids: we want it now even if we can’t afford it.
So what’s next: IPads and Blackberries for instant messaging?
Taxpayer

Boston, MA

#2 Dec 14, 2010
the expectation is for all town employees and departments to cut back , with the exception of the schools. it has always been that way.
HereWeGoAgain

Hinesburg, VT

#3 Dec 14, 2010
If it's printed, it must be true, right? Did you bother to think about how this is being paid for? It is not costing the taxpayers in either town one cent.

First, the funds to cover this came from a $300k grant from the state to help the new regional district with transitional costs. The funds are being spent on exactly what they were intended for. Like it or not, in the 21st century towns and schools run on technology. These purchases and leases are for financial software, student information system software, current hardware and network infrastructure, etc. Both school systems have antiquated technology infrastructures. In the region all systems must operate as one seeing it is one school district, not two. Very little of what is owned today is re-usable and can handle the increased workload on the systems.

Why is the technology so antiquated? Because there have been school budget cuts, Taxpayer. Get your facts straight. In Shirley especially over the past several years, and in Ayer last year. The current school budget is LESS than it was the year before.

And what money that is available tends to get spent on things that make their way to the classroom and impact kids education. So, technology has suffered over the years so that as much money as possible can be spent on education.

The region cannot operate on what is has been left from the Ayer and Shirley districts. And is hasn't cost the taxpayers one cent in either town.
local citizen

Hudson, MA

#4 Dec 14, 2010
"It is not costing the taxpayers in either town one cent"
"First, the funds for this came from a $300k grant from the State...."
Where did the State get the money from ?.
HereWeGoAgain

Hinesburg, VT

#5 Dec 14, 2010
Federal stimulus funds.
If you want to split hairs, yes everything that comes from gov't on any level is from taxes. However, the other posters were referencing other town depts. having to absorb cuts the schools do not have to absorb (which is inaccurate). Local town depts. are funded mostly by local taxes, and most of that is local property taxes. So the context of the discussion was local town depts., local taxation, and how that is spread across various town dept. budgets. In that regard, the comments you pulled out are 100% accurate. This did not cost the Ayer or Shirley taxpayer a dime.
local citizen wrote:
"It is not costing the taxpayers in either town one cent"
"First, the funds for this came from a $300k grant from the State...."
Where did the State get the money from ?.
local citizen

Hudson, MA

#6 Dec 14, 2010
My long comment with all the figures in it has not posted, so I'll make this one shorter.
#5. Smoke and mirrors !. Of course it cost us a dime !. If you had said "this did not cost the Ayer or Shirley taxpayer DIRECTLY a dime", I would perhaps agree.
Smoke and mirrors again - "The current school budget is LESS than it was the year before". I don't have a copy of the FY10 budget and real figures will not be generally available until the D.E.S.E. publishes the figures late in 2011, but over the past 2 FY's, school expenditure has gone up. If you have a full FY10 budget please post it.
FY07.$15,597,938, FY08.$15,403,833 -1.2%,
FY09.$16, 637,061 +8.0%.

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