A Remarkable Expansion
It all started with a metal desk, a legal pad and an analog copier.
When Sherri Broderick began as the supervisor of Print/Mail/Sign Services for the Frisco Independent School District in 2002, the district had just 19 schools for the two-employee in-plant to service. But a population boom in the area over the last decade has expanded the district to 61 schools, with four more to be added in the fall of 2015.
Though this school district just north of Dallas is one of the nation's fastest growing districts, that growth has not been limited to the student population and number of schools. The in-plant has expanded as well, and now employs a staff of 16—a far cry from the small desk and meager array of equipment it started with.
The department was originally housed on one of Frisco's oldest campuses, in a room that was not properly equipped to handle the electrical and storage needs of a fully functional print shop. While there were certainly major operational challenges, one of Broderick's toughest tasks was establishing the shop and getting the district's employees to use it.
"The biggest challenge when it was so small was really trying to set in place the policies and procedures and how we were going to implement a print center," she recalls. "We just had the communications secretary printing a few copies for different people who requested them."
The in-plant remained in its original location for about two years, persevering through power outages and receiving paper without the benefit of a loading dock. But with the district's steady expansion, the shop got the green light to relocate to a larger space in a brand new high school.
While in the new location, Broderick says the in-plant was able to expand by adding the sign center, which produces banners and signs for the district on aluminum, Coroplast and PVC. But after a couple years, when it became clear that the district's growth was in no danger of slowing down, Print/Mail/Sign Services was ready to move again.