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Misty Freeman's district in Farmington, Mo., began purchasing refurbished computers from CDI six months before she was named technology director. She remembered feeling some trepidation about that decision.

"What are we going to do, buy all these used computers and have to work on them all the time?" she recalled thinking. She also wondered if the units themselves would look worn and scratched.


Kathy Bellew, technology director for a rural school district in Hillsboro, Missouri, was intrigued about refurbished computers but not ready to buy. So when equipment offers from a CDI sales representative kept popping up in her email inbox, did she get annoyed? Not exactly.


Fred Hastings oversees CDI 's $8 million inventory of recertified computers, but his duties don't stop at the warehouse door. If a school district wants a specific model that's not on hand, he'll send workers out and track the units down.


Leszek Biurkowski thinks CDI is such a good company that he joined it twice.


As a customer service rep, Trevor Livingstone's job is to fulfill any request from clients

When a client requests something from CDI, it's up to customer service representatives such as Trevor Livingstone to deliver — no questions asked.


Dear reader,

In past issues of TechSavers, we've talked about the many products and services offered by CDI, the education market's leading supplier of certified refurbished computers.


Budget constraints make CDI recertified computers a smart choice, but some pinched school districts are looking for easier payment terms, too. Naipaul Sheosankar, CDI's director of nance, makes sure they don't have to look far.


If you're shopping for a new computer, what do you look for? A unit that's reliable, that can handle all your software applications and that is backed by an iron-clad warranty.


Darin Hostetter is the technology coordinator for Marshall Community Schools in Marshall, Ill.


Most people wouldn't buy a used car without a test drive. CDI can give you the same peace of mind when it comes to recertified computers.


Dear Educator:

I invite you to participate in the upcoming Disney's Planet Challenge, a hands-on, environmental learning experience for grades 3-8.


Finding technology solutions for special-needs children can be expensive. So CDI has teamed up with The Tool Factory to offer recertified computers with preloaded, specially designed software for early learning, special education or autistic students.