About Delaware Valley Friends School
Delaware Valley Friends School was incorporated in 1986 as a coeducational, independent Friends School for adolescents with learning differences. The school opened in 1987 with 22 students.
The school is operated by a Board of Directors and is under the care of the Philadelphia Yearly
Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. The program attracts students with learning
differences from independent and public schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Description of Network
# of Print Servers: 2000
# of Workstations: 188 Macintosh laptops, 55 Windows XP
# of Printers: 9
B/W - 9
2 - Canon ir 600
1 - Canon ir2200
6 - HP LaserJet 5
# of Users: 235
Description of Initial Problem
Initially we had no control over who printed to what printer, or how many prints. We were
investigating Canon’s Netspot accountant and Equitrac. Netspot didn’t support Macintosh
computers and Equitrac was so expensive we could never recoup the expense of the system with
Description of Solution
Our evaluation is going as planned. The software installed flawlessly. We learned that our
Macintosh workstations should be rebooted after selecting the printer queues for the prints to be
accounted for properly.
We reconfigured our printer’s Ethernet switch so they could only communicate with the print
server and can be reconnected with a single cable move. This forces all workstations to print
through the print accounting server and gives us a quick solution in case the server has a
We are currently printing between 600,000 and 700,000 pages per school year. It is our belief
that our volume of prints will be reduced. In the past faculty and staff members had been printing
large jobs to our student HP printers because they were closer to their classrooms. We believe
that our faculty and staff members are much more likely to print to our less expensive high
volume machines now that their prints are being accounted for.
This system could cut our printing costs by up to 1/3. This is significant as the volume of prints at
DVFS has increased every year.