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Schools Get New Copiers at Old Cost

Teachers and staff at elementary and middle schools may be wondering why new photocopiers are replacing old ones at their schools--despite the major budget crunch facing the Long Beach Unified School District. The answer is a win-win solution to high maintenance costs for Xerox, the company that leases the equipment to the district. After churning out nearly a million copies a year, the older machines were breaking down more often, requiring expensive service calls and generating more complaints from schools. At no increase in the cost of its lease agreement with the district, Xerox agreed to replace the old copy machines with new, faster, sturdier, more powerful machines. The bottom line: schools get to use new dependable machines, Xerox saves on repair costs and the district does not have to spend more for the new machines.