Of course, assuming you don't want a highly available system.
You can lower any system's cost by reducing its quality. It's unusual, however, for districts to intend to purchase an unreliable system. They usually want a great experience. Cost-saving decisions will hinder user satisfaction with a system.
There are many ways to cheaply implement a weaker system. Regular server patching could be skipped, but that leaves the system vulnerable to intrusion. Nightly backups could be omitted, but failures might lead to data loss. Monitoring could be relaxed, but then tech staff wouldn't be aware of downtime until users notified them. The system could be installed on a shared server, but then all other applications would be affected when processing large reports or other big jobs.
Ultimately, users should question whether they'd be happy with a system that's been cheaply implemented. Thanks to the advent of cloud computing, users no longer need to compromise.