Richmond (Va.) Schools Get Internet Upgrade Amid Budget Deficit

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Richmond Public Schools announced a major technology upgrade today, one that will make internet access more readily available to every student. But some are asking, is this a wise investment considering the huge budget cuts the school board was forced to make last month?

The $10-million budget shortfall is casting a shadow over every single move the Richmond Public School District makes, but according to Superintendent Dr. Yvonne Brandon, upgrading to a new fiber optic network provider is going to not only save the district $120-thousand a year, it’s going to open up a whole new world for kids and teachers.

Dr. Brandon and her IT team met with the media today, introducing a new partnership with Windstream Corporation (Nasdaq: WIN) to increase the school district’s wide area network (WAN) infrastructure capacity.

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