In our work, continuous improvement is tied to the concept of Lean Six Sigma.
Lean Six Sigma is a managerial philosophy used by many of the world’s leading private sector companies, including many located within our District. Lean Six Sigma is a data-driven problem solving methodology resulting in an improved process or outcome when deployed correctly.
Several projects are underway, including an examination of the District’s copier and printer contracts, machine numbers, and use practices. Using data-driven problem solving techniques, we will be analyzing the District’s copier and printer costs, comparing those costs to actual needs, with the goal of reducing copier and printer costs district wide.
In addition to our commitment to lean principles, we are equally committed to a 21st century learning environment. Following the lead taken by our Board of Education, the District is taking steps to significantly reduce paper usage and consequently, the need for copiers and printers throughout our organization.
This school year, the operations department has conducted a study of printer, copier, and paper usage and has determined those numbers can be reduced by as much as one-third next school year.
“We’re going to consolidate the number of printers and copiers in the District,” said Chief Operating Officer Brion Deitsch. “Reducing the number of machines will also help us take a more prescriptive use toward paper usage.”