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Surplus & Discounts for Schools

The Montana Educational Telecommunications Network is authorized by the Montana Code Annotated MCA to offer "assistance to participating school districts with group purchase of instructional and educational materials. (MCA20-32-102 (f))."

The School Computer Equipment Program was authorized by the 1999 Legislature (18-6-101, MCA) and is administered by the Office of Public Instruction.

Montana's Surplus Computer Program

The program collects computer equipment from state and federal sources as well as private donations. The equipment is stored in a warehouse in Helena and distributed to Montana public K-12 schools at no cost to the schools. The equipment is operational but computers typically do not have operating systems as all data is removed from computers for security purposes. Schools are responsible for traveling to Helena at their cost to take possession of the equipment. Equipment cannot be reserved as there is not sufficient space in the storage facility to hold equipment. The inventory of surplus equipment varies from day to day depending on what OPI has received from other agencies and the number of schools visiting. The program maintains a waiting list of schools interested in equipment and schools will be contacted regarding their eligibility for equipment or broadcasts will be made regarding equipment availability on Office of Public Instruction official e-mail.

Schools must have an appointment prior to traveling to Helena to pick up equipment. The School Computer Equipment program is staffed part time and our employee is often out collecting equipment for the program and is not available to meet schools during those times. To contact the program we ask that you please use e-mail to seek information, to put your schools name on a waiting list, or to check the availability of equipment. Reservations will be made on electronic mail for schools wishing to visit the warehouse.

Contact Scott Buswell via e-mail at Please provide your name, school district, school and a phone number where you can be reached.

Contact Information

Scott Buswell -
1450 Hiawatha Street, Helena, MT

Normal Hours: Tuesday - Friday - 8:00-12:00
An appointment is necessary.

Appointments can be set up outside of normal working hours


Two blocks west of the Red Roof RB Café on Euclid Avenue (headed west out of Helena toward Missoula) take a right hand turn on Hiawatha Street. Go down 1.5 blocks and look for a light blue warehouse with dark blue trim.

 Map to the warehouse


Brochure for the Montana Surplus Computer Program

DEQ, EPA Recycling CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) Rule

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Apple Inc.

The Apple Education Store for late breaking news and specials

Contact Information

Brian Black
Apple, Inc.
Phone: 307-235-2838
Fax: 413-826-8872


To deliver on the promise of technology in education, the emphasis needs to be on improving education. Apple has historically been committed to delivering tools that help teachers teach and students learn. While we continue to focus on students and teachers, we are now expanding our mission to include helping schools run more effectively and keeping parents informed about their child's progress. Apple believes this is the best approach to helping every child be successful in the real world of tomorrow.

ACOT was a research and development collaboration among public schools, universities, research agencies, and Apple Computer, Inc. Initiated in 1985, ACOT began its work in seven classrooms that represented a cross section of America's elementary and secondary schools. Its goal was to study how the routine use of technology by teachers and students might change teaching and learning.

Byte Speed


Contact Information

Anna Archer
Account Executive

ByteSpeed LLC
Phone: (877)-553-0777, Toll-Free
FAX: (218)-227-0498
Federal I.D. Number: 45-0456218

ByteSpeed® is a computer manufacturer based out of Moorhead, MN that builds its own line of Intel® based Computers, Laptops, and Servers specifically for K-12 education.

ByteSpeed® has a proven track record of excellent customer service, offering a more personal level of service and support than larger vendors.

Key points that we offer to the schools we work with are:
5-YEAR Parts & Labor Warranty with freight paid both ways on warranty parts over this 5 YEAR period. Replacement parts are sent out immediately with a return prepaid label for the defective part.
ByteSpeed® will configure your new computers to your specifications and will image your hard drives at NO extra cost. We will keep your image on our servers for single orders, which will save countless hours in setup.

Try us out - RISK FREE!
The next time you have a computer need, take us up on our no risk evaluation policy. We will build a machine to your specs and send it to you for as long as you need to "kick the tires ". We do not need any paper work or purchase order to do this, just let us know the specs and we'll take care of the rest.

The ByteSpeed Guarantee
When you buy a ByteSpeed computer, you're purchasing the service of our entire staff. We build the highest quality systems, with the highest quality standards. As with any product, a computer is only as good as the support given by the company that built it. When you have a warranty issue or technical question call our toll-free number, we'll be there within 2-4 rings to personally assist you. It's our promise to you. It's the ByteSpeed Guarantee!

Toll Free Tech Support: (888) 658-0715
Toll Free Sales: (877) 553-0777
E-mail: or

DELL Computer

Contact Information

Scott Romig
DELL Computer
Phone: (888)-977-3355 x40469, Toll-Free
FAX: (888)-820-7454, Toll-Free
Federal I.D. Number: 74-2616805

Get more bang for your buck with Dell hardware. Our desktops, notebooks and servers provide schools superior performance with superior value. Whether you’re looking for cutting-edge technology or reliable, stable hardware, Dell is your one-stop-shop for comprehensive, intelligent and integrated technology solutions.

Dell’s wireless solutions meet your wide-ranging needs head on. Out notebooks range from highly expandable, full-featured models to thin, lightweight, ultra-portable options, all designed to perform at high levels while helping to lower your total cost of ownership. And because wireless technology is a key component of collaborative workgroups and the one-to-one vision of laptop learning, Dell notebooks are a great way to bring tomorrow’s technology to today’s classroom environment.

Dell’s TrueMobile™ Wireless Computer Lab lets you bring the benefits of wireless technology to any classroom. Our mobile cart solution provides schools with a secure, portable way to store and charge an entire classroom of notebook computers, cable-free and hassle-free. Give your students the freedom of mobility while allowing them to access real-time information virtually anytime, anywhere. Create collaborative learning environments with ease and when you need them with Dell’s TrueMobile Wireless Computer Lab.



Contact Information

Daniel Sutton
Software House International
Phone: (888) 289-6088, Toll-Free
FAX: (877) 289-6088, Toll-Free
Federal I.D. Number: 22-300964


Contact Information

Judi Harvey
Zones Inc.
Phone:1-800-750-4923 Ext. 3371
Fax:(253) 205- 2371
Federal ID:911431894

Outfitting Educators with Technology Since 1986
Zones® is a single source provider of IT products to educational institutions. We focus on providing the latest technology, while giving you the best prices and the highest level of service. Your dedicated Zones account executive along with software licensing experts, certified service teams and technology experts are ready to assist you with your IT procurement.

Extensive Product Choice
Zones offers over 150,000 IT products. We are an authorized dealer of leading hardware and software manufacturers – IBM, HP, 3Com, Cisco, Canon, Iomega, Sony, Epson, Adobe, Computer Associates, Microsoft, Symantec and more.

Academic Pricing
Zones makes it easy to obtain the best prices on technology products. We work with hardware and software manufacturers to offer academic pricing to all our qualified customers.

Zones Contract Center
Zones holds many purchasing contracts available to K-12 and higher education institutions that satisfy competitive bid requirements. These contracts give you access to a full range of technology products, and you save time by bypassing the bid process. Click here to view purchasing contracts available at Zones.

Easy Automated Procurement
Set up a ZonesConnect™ online account for 24x7 instant access to our product line specially priced for your institution. ZonesConnect provides time saving features such as order tracking, customized purchase management and Zones License Tracker.™ Take a tour today.


Montana OPI


Contact Information

Daniel Sutton
Software House International
Phone: (888) 289-6088, Toll-Free
FAX: (877) 289-6088, Toll-Free
Federal I.D. Number: 22-300964

The Adobe® Open Options Contractual License Program (CLP) simplifies software administration through a single licensing agreement. You get the benefit of a large-purchase discount, but you have the option to spread your license fees over the duration of the agreement. The program allows you to mix and match products to reach the 1,000 point (state-wide) minimum.

A two-year agreement that saves you even more
The Adobe Open Options CLP covers most Adobe products (see the product list to the right), and allows Montana public education institutions to acquire software licenses on an ongoing basis over a set period of time. To qualify for the low CLP Education prices, the Montana Office of Public Instruction completed a two-year projection of its software needs, and determined that state-wide purchases over that time will exceed 1,000 points. (If not, Montana can still participate in volume licensing through Adobe Open Options TLP.)

The benefits of Adobe Open Options CLP:

  • Save even more through a two-year volume discount agreement
  • Mix and match Adobe products in your orders
  • Receive discounted pricing on all orders – even for quantities as few as one license
  • Spread your license fees over the duration of your agreement
  • For additional information about the CLP, please download this PDF file:
  • Contractual License Program (CLP) (clp_education.pdf; 48K)
  • Maintenance Options to keep your software current
  • The Maintenance program, an option for CLP customers, keeps your software investment current by providing upgrades under the same license for a set period of time. Be sure to ask your Education Reseller about Maintenance options.

Eligible Products

Most Adobe products are eligible for volume discounts (under TLP and CLP), including the following:


  • Acrobat®
  • Adobe Type Manager® (ATM®) Deluxe
  • Adobe Dimensions®
  • Photoshop Elements
  • Streamline™


  • After Effects®
  • FrameMaker®
  • GoLive®
  • Illustrator®
  • InDesign®
  • LiveMotion™
  • PageMaker®
  • Photoshop®
  • Adobe Premiere®

Montana's Adobe Price List (use your district's official e-mail account to login)


Contact Information

Brian Black
Apple, Inc.
Phone: 307-235-2838
Fax: 413-826-8872


Contact Information

Dave Morrison
PacifiCAD, Inc.
Phone: 800-722-2621
Fax: 509-326-8087
Federal Tax I D number:  91-1481383

Autodesk Education CAD software

PacifiCAD has been providing Autodesk software to the inland northwest for over twenty years and is Autodesk’s authorized Educational Value Added Reseller for Montana, Idaho and Washington with offices in Helena, Spokane and Boise.  Montana’s middle schools, high schools and colleges can get specially priced educational versions of Autodesk’s industry leading CAD and graphics products for PC and Macintosh platforms to train students for careers in various discipline fields and for post secondary education.  There are specially discounted programs for small districts with under 600 students as well.

STEM based software and free student offerings

In addition to the standard AutoCAD, 3dsMax, Inventor and Revit products there are expanded STEM based packages including; Project Lead the Way, Autodesk Design Academy, Autodesk Animation Academy and multiple Suites for post secondary schools with fully developed curriculum provided. Autodesk also provides free student software for work outside the classroom which is exactly the same as the “in school” software except that it is watermarked and may only be used outside the classroom / lab.

Training, software and contact information

PacifiCAD also offers training and support for educational customers at special lower education level pricing. Training can be at PacifiCAD locations, at your school or over the web.  You can find more detail on Autodesk Education software on PacifiCAD’s website: Using your school issued email address you can join Autodesk’s free Student Community by going to: Here you can download free student software, the product curriculum and much more.

For more information about Autodesk’s education products and pricing, contact: Dave Morrison, Educational Sales Manager: or call 800-722-2621.

Montana OETC Membership

Contact Information

Julie Chappelle
Organization for Educational Technology & Curriculum
Phone: 1-800-650-8250

What is OETC?
The Organization for Educational Technology & Curriculum (OETC) is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to maximizing the value of educational technology to its members by working with software and hardware vendors to procure the most effective and appropriate technological resources at the lowest possible price. Schools rely on us for quality assurance and low-cost certainty for technology purchasing. We also provide professional development and educational influence around the region.

OETC membership is comprised of more than 700 educational institutions, school districts and other educational nonprofit organizations throughout the Northwest. We have members in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, and Washington.

OETC Goals
Actively gather, analyze and disseminate information and other materials pertaining to the uses of computer related technology in education.

Promote and facilitate the integration of computers and related technology into the classroom and curriculum.

Organize and coordinate cost-effective, cooperative purchases and partnerships related to the application of educational technology.

Support professional development of educators' skills for utilizing technology effectively.

Who is eligible for membership?
All accredited educational entities are entitled to membership in the Consortium. This includes, but is not limited to, public K-12 school districts, private K-12 schools, community colleges, four-year universities and colleges, education service districts, professional educational organizations, and state agencies responsible for the administration of public education.

Organization for Educational Technology & Curriculum
To obtain information about becoming an OETC member, please go to Products and prices can be browsed by going to For questions about products or membership, please email Julie Chappelle at

14145 SW Galbreath Drive
Sherwood, Oregon 97140
(503) 625-0501 | (800) 650-8250


Microsoft Large Account Reseller

Contact Information

Judi Harvey
Zones Inc.
Phone:1-800-750-4923 Ext. 3371
Fax:(253) 205- 2371
Federal ID:911431894

As a Microsoft® Large Account Reseller, Zones® can offer you Select Level pricing on your Microsoft software purchases. Zones account executives and a full staff of licensing experts provide all of our customers with Five-Star Service. Whether you are purchasing Microsoft software under a Select Contract, Campus Agreement or School Agreement, these experts can answer all your licensing questions. By recommending tailored made solutions for each of your IT needs, Zones makes sure your purchases of today work in your infrastructure of tomorrow.

Montana OPI



Contact Information

Kristin Kutz
Phone: 800-223-3732 ext 1737
Fax: (614) 880-1738

On-Line Training
MindLeaders was founded in 1981 as a developer of custom Computer Based Training. Since then, MindLeaders has evolved into a world leader in the information systems training market with an extensive library of top-quality, interactive, self-paced ready to use e-learning solutions. They currently offer over 1,000 courses on topics ranging from MCSE Certification Paths, Mainframe and Web Development to Desktop Applications and Business Skills Development Videos. Courses are available to K-12 staff and students throughout Montana. Call Kristin Kutz and sign up today.

Vist MindLeaders' Course Catalog.

To evaluate a course, please visit

Voice Services

Contact Information

Linda Kirkland
Information Technology Services Division
Phone: (406) 444-1354

We are pleased to inform you that the State of Montana Information Technology Services Division has a contract with CenturyLink to provide a full suite of long distance and voice services. Montana public schools are allowed to purchase long distance service through the State of Montana's contract.

To take advantage of the competitive pricing on these services, contact Linda Kirkland. She will contact CenturyLink to confirm that your district can purchase off this contract, and CenturyLink will work with you directly.

State Purchasing

It's a little known fact that Montana school districts can purchase products from asphalt to wireless communication equipment from the Montana Cooperative Term Contract list
(Note: Microsoft purchasing for schools is much lower than the state government price).

School districts must have a letter of agreement on file with the department of Administration. This agreement must be signed by a local government official and returned to:

Cooperative Purchasing
Property and Supply Bureau
PO Box 200137
Helena MT 59620-0137

There is no dollar limit. The bidding has been done up front for you by the Department of Administration. Schools may also purchase office supplies from the Montana's Central Stores through the cooperative purchasing agreement.

As of October 21, 2001, School districts don't have to bid anything under $25,000. Items outside of the State Term Contract that exceed $25,000 must have at least three written bids.