Budget Cuts

June 2, 2008 at 2:37 PM 2 comments

So our economy is in a recession. Which leads to budget cuts. Which lead to teachers getting asked not to return. Which leads to a totally new set of computers. Wait. What? New set of computers? That doesn’t seem typical of what happens during budget cuts.

But believe it or not, they’re here. Yup. Last Friday, I walked into the library expecting to find the old but decent black Dell desktops. While at the front entrance, I saw a flash of silver. I thought, oh, new screens, which in itself was a waste of money.

Then, as I walked closer, I realized that the computers were also silver. This was a surprise. What was even more surprising was that the new hardware was Hewlett Packard. Whatever happened to those contracts with Dell I thought you had?

A litttle overkill for a school, ain't it?

But that’s not the end of the surprises. These computers were better than mine! Not that my computer is top of the line, or anything, but a school computer outclassing a private one? That’s unheard of! These things had 2.33 GHz Core Duo’s and 2 GB’s of RAM. Crazy. What does a school computer need that much power for, anyways? It’s not like they’re needed to play Crysis or anything.

A little overkill for a school compt, ain't it?

Not that I have a problem with using really fast computers (once you’ve used one you never want to go back to your piece of junk), but I remember that there were budget cuts. Why the new computers? You could have kept the teachers you sacked for another year with the money*. Or you could have kept the Academic Decathlon as a class. The school has to get its priorities straight sometimes.

*My friend once noted that instead of cutting teachers, we should cut the deans. Who needs them, anyways? All they do is drive around wasting energy with their fancy little flame-decaled golf carts.

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Entry filed under: Politics, School.

Selective Memory Loss Political Ignorance

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Korn Nuts  |  June 3, 2008 at 4:13 AM

    Also, in times of budget cuts, not only do we see new computers, but also construction and destruction of buildings. The school hires these lazy, slow workers to put up a portable. They have not yet completed the second one yet, and the project was started sometime during winter break.

    One theory for this madness is that the school is trying to put tons of money back into the economy, hoping to recieve some in return. A solution developed by keynes.

    Or… they just have too much money and want to look good.

    Besides, this philosophy is just “nuts”. If the school just hires great teachers, students would perform better on tests, generating more and more money for the school to spend.

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  • 2. Christine  |  June 7, 2008 at 11:28 PM

    it’s possible that a company could have donated their computers because they got newer ones. and plus, your computer’s always crashing. so that’s not saying much, that the library’s computer’s are better than yours.

    and who are the deans gonna handle when all these people get sent to be disciplined? i’ve BEEN in there before, you know >_> and not all the people driving those carts are deans.

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