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School district in-plants print everything from tests to textbooks. Our exclusive survey and detailed in-plant profiles will teach you all you want to know.
Our survey of school district in-plants pulled in an impressive 208 responses. The majority of these in-plants are small, single-person operations. Many of them combine graphic arts instruction and printing, sometimes using students to produce the schools' materials.
We received 45 responses from in-plants that exist primarily as classrooms—21.6 percent of the total—but we opted not to include their data in our results so that we could focus on in-plants whose primary purpose is to print the materials that their schools need. Likewise, we didn't include departments of education in our data so we could focus on schools and school districts. Our data, therefore, was drawn from 163 responses.
Moderate expansion has strengthened more than half (56 percent) of the in-plants surveyed, with close to 7 percent reporting major growth.
More than 50 percent say the addition of digital printing has increased their work volumes, and 67 percent say they provide more color printing today than they did two years ago. On average, almost one-fifth of respondents' work has some color in it. (For additional survey data, see our Web site.)
As part of our look at the top school district in-plants, we have also profiled a number of diverse shops from across the country. Read on to learn how they handle their districts' printing.
Houston Independent School District
Manager, Admin. Services: Stephen Blakely
Employees: 41 full-, nine part-time
Budget: $3 million
Main Equipment: Two-color Komori Sprint, four A.B.Dick perfectors, two Xerox 6180s, Kodak 110 and 120, Xerox DocuColor 40 with Splash server, Horizon collator, MBO folder.
As the seventh largest school district in the U.S., Houston Independent draws a lot of attention—and rightfully so. The district has become known for developing its own unique instructional materials, which are used in all classes within a grade level.