Throughout April, we have been conducting a wide-area-network (WAN) request-for-proposal (RFP) process. The evaluation committee will review all proposals and make a recommendation to both the E-rate program and the School Board in May.
Our Network Administrator recently completed a small upgrade at CMS. The $12,000 network switch purchased with E-Rate funds has been installed. We look forward to new network switches at BES (a $65,000 upgrade) scheduled after students and teachers leave for summer.
Contractors continue to pull new network wire to every classroom and office at CMS and LCES. This is the bulk of work for the projects to implement voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) phones at CMS and LCES. These are the last two locations to join the division’s telephone network. The projects at CMS and LCES were funded with $85,000.00 of the Returned Funds from Delta Dental and Anthem Health Insurance were marked for Capital Improvement (Technology).
Cox Communications and Unite Private Networks completed the 5,000 Mbps Internet connection upgrade. We are in a testing phase at this time and expect to change the division’s Internet service in early May.