District removes printers, establishes copy center

by Dalton Glasscock and Gabby White

Running large print jobs at South became a thing of the past for teachers and students alike as of July 15. To offset the budget cuts facing USD266, the district implemented copy protocol.

Located at 201 S. Park, the Copy Center is staffed by one full-time employee who makes copies of materials teachers send. This center has already changed how South teachers prepare lesson plans.

“Change in a way is the hardest part for teachers: however, a lot feel positive about how fast the prints are coming back,” Karen McDermott, Director of Communications, said.

According to McDermott, elimination of the printers will save the district approximately $300,000.

“I understand why they implemented the district-wide copy center to save money; however, it makes the teacher’s job more cumbersome because they now do not have the flexibility of switching lesson plans last minute. There is a one to two day turn around in the center, but we have to deal with these new changes,” Teri Larson, English, said.

Some teachers, however, would like a middle-ground approach.

“(Allowing teachers to bring their own printers) would be much more convenient for teachers, and would also further cut printing costs in the district,” Wesley Rice, English said.

When the district removed teacher copiers this summer, they did so with teacher planning and copy time in mind.

“Ultimately, I think teachers will end up making fewer copies and spend less time at the copier,” Haynes said.

As the school days quickly approach, teachers and students will have to grapple with the difficulties of not having printers in every room.

As the school days quickly approach, teachers and students will have to grapple with the difficulties of not having printers in every room.

Kerry Graber, '11 South grad, sorts through copies at the Copy Center. The district opened the Copy Center, located at 201 S. Park, on Aug. 1. Photo by D. Glasscock