I used to work as a technician in a school, i had over 200 computers to look after. It was the worst (and best) place to work (worst for the beaurecracy (sp), best for the end result)
There was no budget for the computer equipment, which was going out of date when i started, and if things broke, unless i could fix them, did not get replaced for the rest of the term.
The mindset of the people running the budget has to be understood as well. When I started the two main classrooms both had HP deskjet 500 printes connected, printing about 2500-3000 sheets of paper each week, whch ran through ink, and printers quickly, I had to fight to get a proper capacitly laser printer installed, even though it saved money over the long term, because it cost more to purchase initially.
Backing up data? how many tapes would you need to back up a server using gfs for a year? i was allowed 5 because of cost.
I even tried to introduce the internet to the school, did some research and gave them three propsals, 1) full access with a leased line (reduced cost, sponsored by a local firm) using a Linux bos as firewall and server (no cost for o/s and minimal for the pc)
2)Full access run by outside company, pricey (for a school) but would work and be supported by other than me
3) single access with a modem (need to buy modem, AOL free for schools)
Guess what was picked? yup cheap option.
Don't get me wrong, Teachers in the main can see the benefits of technology, and things are starting to improve, but unfortunately, it is not up to the teachers to make the decisions, it falls to the head/governors/financial controllers of the school, and where the money has to be split for various things, non essential items take a back seat.
Sorry for the long post.