A new Colorado charter school that opened this fall has saved thousands of dollars in technology costs by getting expert volunteers to do the work, shopping for computer equipment at auctions, and using free Linux software in a thin-client environment.

The small school's innovative and cost-cutting measures have enabled it to leverage a $77,000 state technology grant to acquire more than $350,000 worth of infrastructure, putting in place more than 100 computers for a school of 435 students and doing it all in less than 90 days, said Kirk R. Rheinlander, a parent volunteer and


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