“So, are you the principal here?”

“Yep.”

“How many kids?”

“About 1,300 K-12.”

“Wow. That’s a mix.”

She smiles.

“So how much technology do you have?”

“Quite a bit actually, but it’s been difficult of late.”

“Oh? How’s that?”

“Well, we’ve been a 1-1 school for seven years, but we haven’t been able to buy any laptops for the last three.”

“Wow. That must be a pretty major issue, huh?”

“Well, our budgets have been cut, and the support has been difficult.”

“Anything bright on the horizon?”

“Well, we did just get a $100,000 from our local council for technology.”

“Well, that’s great. That ought to get you a couple of hundred laptops.”

“Not exactly.”

“What do you mean?”

“It’ll buy us about 50.”

“Fifty! Why only 50?”

“The specs.”

“What specs?

“The bidding specs for the city.”

“Bidding specs?”

“The cheapest laptop we can buy is around $2,000.”

“How much?”

“Two-thousand.”

“Two- thousand? Wow.”

Awkward silence.

“You know you can get a laptop for like, $300-$400 these days, right.”

“I know.” She sighs.

“Two-thousand. Wow.”

“Yep.”

Awkward silence. Bell rings.

“Well, good luck with that.”

“Thanks.”

She walks down the hall trailing a group of kids.

Oy.

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