Infrastructure Services FAQs

General Computing

How many computers are there in Lee County Schools?

During the 2018-2019 school year, The District managed approximately:

  1. ~ 120,000 traditional laptop and desktop computers.
  2. ~ 2,000 tablets.
  3. ~ 2,000 network switches and routers.
  4. ~ 6,000 wireless access points.
  5. ~ 5,800 Interactive panels, SMART boards, and projectors.
  6. Tens of thousands of other computer peripherals, AV equipment, and electronic devices.

How long does The District keep computers and other technology?

The useful life differs by the type of equipment.

  • Desktop Computers - 4-6 Years *
  • Laptop Computers - 3-4 Years *
  • Chromebooks - 3 Years *
  • Tablets / iPads - 3 Years *
  • Printers - 5+ Years
  • Projectors - 5 Years
  • SMART Boards - 7-8 Years
  • Interactive Panels - 7 Years
  • Audio Enhancement Systems - 5 Years

* The timeframes above indicate the amount of time these devices are used as full-time computer workstations. We often utilize the older devices beyond that timeframe in limited roles where the older equipment still performs well.

What happens to the computers and electronics removed from service in The District?

Retired equipment is inspected by The District to determine its condition, usability and residual value. Proprietary information is removed from computer equipment and computer storage is securely erased.

Handling Surplus Equipment

Equipment in a functional state and good physical condition is cleaned and reconditioned for:

  1. Reuse in another capacity. For example, computers that are being removed from general use may be modified and reused as special-purpose kiosk devices, time clocks or other purposes for which the devices are well-suited.

  2. Donation to non-profit organizations and District charter schools.

  3. Donation to programs for students in partnership with The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.

  4. Sold at auction to return revenue to The District. (See auction listings).

Non-functioning equipment, equipment with physical damage, or equipment with no residual value to the district is then:

  1. Stripped of components to be used as spare repair parts to extend the life of other (out of warranty) equipment in the schools.

  2. Used by our secondary and post-secondary schools as tear-down equipment for technical programs such as CompTIA certification programs.

  3. Stripped for materials for reuse. For example, the engineering students at Dunbar High School remove precious metals, motors, power supplies, and other components for use in engineering projects.

All electronic devices contain hazardous material that cannot be reintroduced into the environment via landfill or incinerator disposal. Items that have no practical reuse or residual / resale value are recycled through an licensed electronic recycling facility.

Providing Practical Skills for Students and Career Changers

Most equipment is reconditioned and/or broken down by interns selected through a strict interview process. We host interns from local technical and college programs throughout the year, as well as high school students during summer break. Interns receive real-life training in computer assembly, repair, software imaging, customer service skills, interview skills and work experience in a professional IT environment. Successful interns leave our program with a very powerful college and job reference. In fact, many of our interns have moved on to become full-time technical support staff in our schools.