The Board of Education on Thursday is set to vote on replacing thousands of computers and upgrading its network capabilities to add more networking infrastructure at schools.
The board is set to approve spending more than $4 million in special-purpose, local-option sales tax, or SPLOST, funds on the technology infrastructure upgrades and equipment replacements. SPLOST funds, collected from a 1-percent sales tax in the county, are restricted to approved capital improvement projects.
John Radcliffe, assistant superintendent for maintenance and operations, said at the Board of Education’s Monday caucus meeting that the network upgrades will help prepare the schools for future technology use and to implement a future wireless network. Work includes a $950,874.13 bid from MXN Corporation to improve the school system’s 248 network switches to increase performance, a $494,733.07 bid from Dell Marketing LP to replace the school system’s current 51 servers with 28 more advanced servers and $2,693,300.55 to purchase 2,937 Dell desktop computer, 640 Dell laptops and 112 Dell Ultrabooks from Core ECS.
The new computers will be used to replace all computers at all middle and high schools; West Point, Hillcrest and Rosemont elementary schools; HOPE Academy; the administrative service and operations centers; and the computer labs and administration at Berta Weathersbee, Callaway, Franklin Forest, Hogansville, Hollis Hand, Long Cane, Mountville and Whitesville Road elementary schools and Ethel Kight Magnet School.