Recall that 2,600 of the Promethean Boards aren't even paid for yet. They were purchased on a 4 year lease plan. Also note that MCPS is $1.4 million short on funds to make the Year 4 Lease payment.
Meanwhile, the Promethean Boards that are here need bulbs to function or they are useless.
Is there only one company that supplies replacement bulbs? No.
Replacement bulb prices range from $235 to $550. MCPS will need to replace all 3,300+ bulbs in the next year or two based on the average life of a projector bulb. That's over $1 million in bulb purchases that will need to be funded.
How much is MCPS paying per bulb in this no bid contract?
Don't even ask. Our elected officials aren't a bit concerned. Montgomery County is flush with funds!