I finally have a newer computer at school. It took me complaining about a laundry list of items at a key moment, the day before a so-called "Open Class." I also pointed out the mismanagement of school funds this past year (along with me, the office of education sends the school quite a bit more money than my actual salary that is supposed to ).
The computer is not new, but it at least has enough RAM to run WindowsXP and some other programs, unlike the one program at a time I could run on the old computer.
I can now get some basic work done on PPT files, which seems to be the educational systems preferred way of boring students to death here.