SCHOOLS SAVING: Number crunch frees up $25K a year for Whitko

SOUTH WHITLEY — He’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 — 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 district’s business manager, told the school board he would bid out the contract.At Monday’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.“I 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,” Tucker said.In addition to the copier contract, the servicing of some 62 printers are now under the care of Perry Corporation.“This is a good move,” said Whitko School Corporation’s Superintendent Steve Clason. “It 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.”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.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 22 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.