School district leaders realize they cannot support today's large and complex computer networks with small and/or undertrained staffs. In many cases, they are turning to outside contractors to provide this function.

But these outside contractors can be costly, even if in the long run they provide more efficient and effective services.

Here are some creative ways to find the money for this outsourcing:

  1. Set strict cost structures. For example, Dayton, Ohio, school officials wrote a contract in which their IT support payments...

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