Mark Taylor
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The Gardner Edgerton School Board approved a $95,464 contract for two years of Internet service from Time Warner Cable during a brief meeting on Dec. 12.
Ben Crosier, chief technology officer, told the board Time Warner was one of two companies that responded to a Request for Proposals for broadband service.
Crosier said Time Warner’s proposal offered triple the amount of bandwidth for a 28 percent decrease in savings compared to what the district currently pays.
“It’s not often that I can tell you we can go faster for cheaper, but that is the case today,” he told the board.
Crosier recommended purchasing 300 Mb of bandwidth for 24 months.
The district will have to pay a $1,000 connection cost but Time Warner will absorb all other fiber extension costs beyond that to connect to the district.
Crosier said the contract price is less the district’s qualifying E-rate discount.
The E-Rate allows schools access to telecommunications and advanced technologies at discounts of 20 to 90 percent, based on the number of students eligible for free and reduced lunches.
“I will work with our E-Rate consultant to qualify as much of this cost as possible for reimbursement or discount,” Crosier said. “Our current E-Rate discount is 54 percent and will increase to 56 percent next funding year.”
Crosier said at the end of the two year contract the district will have the option to renew or rebid the service.
In other business, the school board:
recognized Pam Tate, Gardner Elementary principal, for receiving the Kansas Distinguished Principal of the Year Award.
presented Jeff Bardwell, lead custodian at Gardner Elementary, and Gayla Anderson, family and consumer sciences teacher at Gardner Edgerton High School, with Shining Star Awards.
Shining Star Awards are presented to classified and non-classified staff members who go above and beyond the call of duty in their work.
heard a presentation on the district’s 2011 fiscal year audit.
Eric Hansen, business director, said the audit was favorable and the district scored high marks in every category.