Everyday P-12 School principal, Mr James Matthews, has made it clear to all staff that printing in colour is to be completed only when absolutely necessary due to its prohibitive cost.
He stated, ‘Colour printing costs money. A lot of money. Staff who are printing their daily planners, worksheets and meeting notes in colour are wasting school funds. Those funds are needed in other areas.’
I had to print my notice in colour to ensure all staff understand the importance of the new rule. Sometimes you have to spend money to save money.
The principal conveyed his ruling by placing a printed sign above the photocopier … in full colour. The needless waste of coloured ink included bold letters, illustrations and a border. When quizzed on the use of coloured ink for his sign, Mr Matthews failed to see the irony. ‘I had to print my notice in colour to ensure all staff understand the importance of the new rule. Sometimes you have to spend money to save money.’
Staff members disagreed with Mr Matthew’s reasoning. ‘What James has done with his sign is like saying “Save the Whales” and then going out and harpooning a big Humpback,’ noted vice principal, Ms Ruth Horan.
However, a number of staff members have noted their willingness to follow the new edict. The staff in question displayed their preparedness by posting signs under Mr Matthew’s original notice … in coloured ink. Serial pest, physical education teacher Mr Stu Richards, is suspected of being the first to post a sign under the principal’s. ‘Yep, it was me,’ said Mr Richards. ‘I wanted to show my full support of James’s new rule.’
But couldn’t he have done so by telling Mr Matthews in person? ‘Maybe,’ said Mr Richards. ‘But to declare my full support to the entire staff I believe a full colour, printed notice posted above the photocopier was needed.’
But to declare my full support to the entire staff I believe a full colour, printed notice posted above the photocopier was needed.
In solidarity, or a display of blatant disregard of the principal’s ruling, several other staff have printed coloured notices of support and posted them above the photocopier. The unexpected turn of events has resulted in the wall above the photocopier being plastered in coloured notices of support. Mr Matthews was prepared to give his staff the benefit of the doubt. ‘Yes they have all printed in colour, but it’s fantastic to see the staff supporting the new policy. There are so many printed notices of staff willing to cut-down on colour printing that we’re bound to save money.’