For the better part of a decade, the school has bought bottom-of-the-line computers, usually without monitors (just keeping the old ones), and with only 12 months RTB warranty. No more than 20 per year were replaced.
There are now nearly 140 workstations on site. A few of the monitors I retired only last month were more than 20 years old. This week I counted up how many workstations would need replacing just to retire the ones that are 5 years old or older. As a result, my budget request for this year (my first in post) has 60 replacement workstations on it, each costing half as much again as those replaced last year.
I think the board of governors is going to get a bit of a shock when they realise how years of underinvestment is now biting us all on the ass, but I can’t in good conscience water it down; they need to know the situation as it stands. However, if they approve everything on my budget, I will be even more shocked.