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#21 Benzine

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 10:34 PM

I save money, by ordering cheaper alternatives.  For watercolors, I buy the Prang classroom sets.  The students kind of scoff at them at first like, "We used those in Kindergarten.", but then they realize they work pretty well.  I originally used some tube sets, that were in the room, when I got here, but found that students treated them like acrylics.  

 

I would love to have Prismacolor pencils, but yeah, they are pricey.  I got a Blick classroom set this past year.  They are OK, nothing great.

 

I wouldn't get rid of sketchbooks.  The spiral bound ones I get, are only about $3-4.  It's not Strathmore paper or anything, but works well.  I had the students make their own sketchbooks one year.  We took our standard drawing paper, three-hole punched it and used those brass fastener things.

 

The two biggest expenses I have are glazes/ underglazes and photography supplies.  If I need to cut back, I can always reduce the number of glaze choices I use.

 

First day, with students, is tomorrow.  Time to get back into the swing of things.  I may do the pinch pot thing, in my clay class, the second or third day, so the students get a feel for the clay.


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 08:09 AM

I save money, by ordering cheaper alternatives.  For watercolors, I buy the Prang classroom sets.  The students kind of scoff at them at first like, "We used those in Kindergarten.", but then they realize they work pretty well.  I originally used some tube sets, that were in the room, when I got here, but found that students treated them like acrylics.  

 

I would love to have Prismacolor pencils, but yeah, they are pricey.  I got a Blick classroom set this past year.  They are OK, nothing great.

 

I wouldn't get rid of sketchbooks.  The spiral bound ones I get, are only about $3-4.  It's not Strathmore paper or anything, but works well.  I had the students make their own sketchbooks one year.  We took our standard drawing paper, three-hole punched it and used those brass fastener things.

 

The two biggest expenses I have are glazes/ underglazes and photography supplies.  If I need to cut back, I can always reduce the number of glaze choices I use.

 

First day, with students, is tomorrow.  Time to get back into the swing of things.  I may do the pinch pot thing, in my clay class, the second or third day, so the students get a feel for the clay.

Ben;

Good luck with the first day of classes.We don't go back until Sept. 3. But we went until June 30. The weather has been fantastic. I will of course go in before classes start.

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 08:37 AM

Yeah Tom, all summer people asked, "How's your break going?". I said, "I'll let you know when it starts.". I was in there off and on weeks after the year ended, and off and on weeks before.
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Posted 18 August 2014 - 10:11 AM

Come to think of it, we did run a test on a bunch of colored pencil brands and decided Prang to be best bang for buck. Yes, Crayola was waxy.

 

Ben I was often in school checking to make shipments came in, and that all was in order. Learned the lesson second year when we didn't get supplies kept waiting. Then when I got huffy and started searching we found no PO's were placed. Then we found that the Art supervisor had them in a bottom desk drawer-forgotten. Since then I always checked on PO's and on materials coming in. One year 1/2 of our stuff was delivered to another building. Caught it two weeks after happened as the invoice came to our mailbox as delivered. Gotta keep ahead of them.


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 11:50 AM

Guys;

We have one supplier that we use for paper. Great price on watercolour paper. Problem is, they always wait until they get enough orders for a pallet before shipping. This takes 6 weeks sometimes. I go in to check my orders only to find that the secretary did not submit the order. So now I have no paper. When I asked;"why?", she said that I didn't have any money in my budget. I am ordering for the NEXT  school year. Of course I don't have money yet, as it is not the future.

It always pays to check on these things.

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 04:41 PM

We had a Central Supply. They would have on inventory all year items we could purchase through them, tempera, pencils, brushes, scissors  etc. These items were picked on low bid until I talked to the supervisor there and showed him how many of his low bid items actually were high bid because we had to keep replacing them. Take pencils, that the graphite was not centered, scissors made of cast iron that would break easily, brushes on being cleaned would lose hairs at first washing, tempera that took 3 coats to get an opaque look. I would also explain this in terms of student frustration when working with the materials. It took a major meeting with administrators, but eventually we got an advisory board in place to test the bid items for the next year. It was the end of the low bid. At the same time, suppliers caught on and started presenting better materials for low bid. Of course my school district was quite large for a rural, with grad class of 1000 when I started and 650 when I retired.


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 09:47 PM

I'm always on top of my POs.  Our "checkout" for the end of the year, says we are supposed to place them, before we leave.  But I've figured out, that they don't actually order anything, until the new business year on July 1st.  So I usually do mine, in mid-June.  We have an electronic ordering system, which is awesome.  The Business Office, used to send us order confirmations via email.  They haven't been doing that of late for some reason.  

I was a little concerned this year, as they didn't seem to order as quick as normal.  I've got pretty much everything in, other than my photo supplies, which I may pick up from the store.

 

Pres, your district is quite a bit bigger than mine.  Our K-12 enrollment is around 1400, graduating classes of about 130.  

 

Today, our first day, we had a fog delay.  I honestly didn't mind.  I got through my expectations, made project folders, and we can get into it full steam tomorrow. 


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Posted 19 August 2014 - 05:31 PM

I tried a little something different today.  After I went over some terminology, the stages of clay and the tools, I had the students make pinch bowls.  I haven't done this in years.  But this summer, I kicked around the idea of having the students make a slab tile, to test some glaze/ underglaze techniques.  So instead, I thought I'd let them get a feel for the clay, by making the pinch pots, then we'll use them to test some of said glazing techniques.  One simple thing will cover two concepts.  We'll see how it goes.


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 06:41 AM

Our PO's in the beginning had to be in around January February for the next year. Towards the end they had to be in in May. We always had a budget battle in the early years, didn't help when one person would keep trying to push the envelope. We had a departmental set amount, no exceptions. I think you would gasp at the at amount in our last years-$10K.


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 06:48 PM

That's not too surprising, considering your size Pres.  I spend less than half that.  I never try to push the envelope.  I order what I need, and if I can justify it, they don't have a problem ordering it.

 

For instance, my second year, Guidance put over twenty people in Photography.  I had seventeen 35mm cameras, and told them, not to put any more than that in the class.   But of course, what do I know, about what my class can handle....  Anyway I told my Principal, and he said just buy more cameras.  So there was an extra several hundred that I usually don't account for, but the district had no problem.  


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:49 AM

I always feel that principals are sitting on a bunchof cash that is not designated. Where do all those student fees go? Why does the football team get so much money?

We are a consumable course and we don't generate money other than the art fee. I guess you have to be on good terms with your admin.

I had one principal where I always felt that I had my pants around my knees when I was talking to her. Needless to say, she intimidated me. I didn't get much money those years.

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