School district technology director Bobby Strickland explained that it is necessary to increase the district’s bandwidth because so much of the district’s instructional material has become Internet-based.
Common core testing also will be online with added demand on computer systems, Superintendent Lee Childress said.
Telepak is the vendor selected for the service, to be awarded a five-year contract with a monthly cost of $3,327. Telepak and current service provider AT&T were the only vendors who submitted bids for all of the district’s computer connectivity needs for the coming school year, and AT&T’s bid was $4,006 per month.
While the district’s computing costs will increase compared with costs through the state network, Childress said, the district will continue to receive a 78 percent monthly subsidy for the charges that all school districts receive through a surcharge paid by telephone company customers.
The surcharge will bring the district’s monthly bill down to $732, with a total of $8,783 over the five years of the contract.