SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Heâ€™s only been sitting in the board president chair for three weeks, but Jorell Tucker has already saved Whitko Community School Corporation an estimated $100,000 over a four year period â€” proving his leadership as profitable for the district.
In December, before Tucker took the president position, he voted against extending a contract for copier services. He was concerned that no other options were laid before the school board.
Tom McFarland, the districtâ€™s business manager, told the school board he would bid out the contract.
At Mondayâ€™s meeting, McFarland had bids from four vendors. Service specifications were drawn up against 19 copy machines and in the end, Perry Corporation, who currently holds the contract, came in at a lower cost per year than it was currently offering to the district.
â€śI would like to point out to the board that by choosing to open this contract up for bids, we have saved about $25,000 a year,â€ť Tucker said.
In addition to the copier contract, the servicing of some 62 printers are now under the care of Perry Corporation.
â€śThis is a good move,â€ť said Whitko School Corporationâ€™s Superintendent Steve Clason. â€śIt allows our IT people to not be tied down to working on printers, but better devote their efforts to what they are really best at.â€ť
As part of the service contract, Perry Corporation will assume the cost of repairs and printer toner. That means the district will no longer be paying $10,000 in toner each year. The cost is built into the service contract.
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