The Search for a New, Reliable Print System
The Pass Christian School District (PCSD) in Pass Christian, Mississippi, USA is ranked in the top 1% of the state for academic performance. Part of the Pass Christian public schools’ success can be attributed to their use of technology in the classroom to engage students in a more active learning process. However, the district’s IT team of three staff members was burdened with printer issue call-outs and a limited budget.
The school district was on the search for a reliable and hassle-free print system that could produce high-quality print, take up a minimal amount of physical space, and operate quietly. The goal was to install new printers in the classrooms, offices, and libraries, with a managed service for maintenance. It goes without saying that the solution had to be cost-effective, too.
A New Printer Fleet
For the classrooms, the school district wanted black and white printers with a fast print speed and large sheet capacity. The offices and libraries were in need of new color laser printers.
South Mississippi Business Machines (SMBM), a regional dealer, responded to the school district’s RFP with an impressive bid. “We offered the Samsung SCX-5935FN multifunction printer—it exceeded the district’s technical specifications and was less expensive,” says Mark Busch, General Manager of SMBM.
The Samsung SCX-5935FN prints at 35 pages per minute with a paper capacity of 1,000 sheets with the extension tray. The multifunction printer operates at 52 dB, quiet enough to not disturb students in the classroom. An added benefit was the 7-inch color touch screen control panel with one-touch functions that saved time.
For the offices and libraries, the Samsung CLP-775ND color laser printers were recommended. They print 35 pages per minute in high color quality with a 9,600 x 600 dpi (enhanced) resolution. An additional cassette can be installed to expand the capacity to 1,600 sheets.
SMBM’s product recommendations fit the bill, meeting the client’s desired performance specifications at a competitive price.
Teachers’ Lives Made Easier, One Document at a Time
With printers right in their classrooms, teachers could focus more on the students, enhancing the teaching and learning experience. Instead of making a trip to the office every time they needed to print, teachers could now print, copy, and scan from the comfort of their desks. Furthermore, the relatively smaller printers took up less space, freeing up more space for papers and books.
In addition to the new printers, a managed service was included in the contract, providing IT services for maintenance. “Now, service requests are handled within two hours and if a printer cannot be repaired, it is replaced within 24 hours,” says Brad McJunkin, PCSD Director of Technology. “All we have to do is replace the toner supply.”
Today, the school district’s IT team is able to devote more attention to other IT issues such as network and security upgrades. What’s more, it is enjoying a saving of approximately $10,000 a month on printing.