I hate printers. I hate HPs bloated and bug-infested drivers, and I hate Xerox’s blatant fraud over their ’empty’ toner cartridges. However, what I especially hate about printers is that we have so damned many of them.
We have 61 printers currently in use in the school. Compare this with the fact that we only have about 90 staff, and those numbers are somewhat ridiculous. 41 of those printers are inkjets, which are awful quality and expensive to run. There are also so many different models of printers that I have 58 different types of consumables to keep stock of. The budget for consumables (decided before I was hired) ran out in February, despite the fact that I changed supplier the moment I arrived and have reduced our per-unit costs by about 20%.
Recently I put a proposal to staff to scrap all of the inkjet printers in classrooms and replace them with shared colour laser printers, at a ratio of roughly 1 printer per 3-4 classrooms.
20% of staff voted in the ‘over my dead body’ category. I’m starting to think their conditions may be acceptable.