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Sorry for the delay!  I received several answers in reply to my question about 
whether it was worth the cost of a maintanence agreement for school security 
systems (the kid that beep if patrons take out an unscanned book).  Here are the 
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Our 3M machine is about as old as yours.  We let our maintenace agreement elapse.  
Each year i unplug the system, wash off the bars with soap and water or another 
cleaner, and then plug it back in.  I found that if the system starts to give 
inaccurate beeps, that if I check to be sure there's no metal moved near it and 
then go though the unplugging and cleaning (sometimes I don't even need to clean 
it) then it goes back to working correctly.  Not sure if it was a good idea or not, 
but when the principle said I'd have to kick in money to pay for the renewal I 
realized that I'd have to buy less books, so i thought I'd just trust in the 3m 
brand and so far so good.

The best in whatever decision you make
Rosette' Acord
Bonneville High School Library
Ogden, Utah
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I don't have any maintenance money in my budget, so no service contract.  So far, 
no problems.  I've had it five years.  Debbie
Debbie S. Fisher , SLMS, Central Falls High School, Central Falls, RI
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Yes, we do have a maintenance agreement.  Each of our middle and high
schools use CheckPoint.  Thankfully, our Board of Education pays the annual
renewal since it is a security issue.  It is not unusual to have our system
"tuned up" one, two, or three times each year - settings slip sometimes
because of the constant construction we have been undergoing for the last 4
years and sometimes the security tags for print items and videotapes vary a
little.  Our service technician comes from another state - which would be
costly without a service contract.

Miriam Smith Hudson
Library Media Specialist
Bradwell Intitute High School
100 Pafford Street
Hinesville, GA  31313
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Three of us in Lawton, Ok have 3M security systems but we don't spend the $
for the maintenance agreements.  Too costly and unneeded.  Amy Watkins
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It was too expensive for us to stay on the service contract.  So far (since 1998), 
we've been lucky.  I think/hope that what we've saved on the contracts would pay 
for any service call we may have to have.

Lindy Hutchison, Librarian
Sweeny HS Library
Sweeny, TX
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After a budget cut about 6 years ago, I stopped doing the service contracts
and have not had a service call in the 6 years.  Maybe I'm asking for
trouble but it seemed like a no brainer -- books or service contract?  books

Joanne Benson Glasgow
Teacher Librarian
Evergreen High Schools
830 SW 116th Street
Seattle, WA 98146
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Thanks to all who replied!
Cayla Armatti
Library Media Specialist
Lake Weir High School
Ocala, Florida
(352) 671-4820, or 5-8971
Outside a dog, a book is a man's best friend; inside a dog it's too dark to read. 
Groucho Marx

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