Mt. Vernon Register-News


May 15, 2014

D-80 approves tech upgrade

MT. VERNON — The District 80 Board of Education Wednesday approved a $169,077 project to upgrade computer equipment and software for the district.

Superintendent Mike Green said school officials are considering using $250,000 in available federal “E-Rate” funding to pay for the technology upgrade. E-Rate is a federal program that provides reimbursements for schools purchasing Internet and phone services.

The planned improvements would be made as part of the district’s new contract with Quality Network Solutions. This contract was approved at Wednesday night’s school board meeting.

“It would be to update our computer equipment, purchase software licenses and increase our firewall protection,” Green said.

Green explained the district is currently using Windows XP, an operating system no longer supported by Microsoft.

If the district were to keep using its current system, it may experience problems with computer viruses, security threats and other “frustrations,” Green said.

Also on Wednesday, the board approved several fund transfers in the district budget to cover cost over-runs from the recent Casey Middle School expansion.

District officials initially estimated the cost of the Casey project at $6 million, but the final cost

turned out to be slightly more than $6.7 million, Green said.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved resolutions to transfer money out of three different funds in the district budget.

This money, totaling about $701,000, was then shifted to the Capital Projects Fund, a line item created to pay for the Casey expansion.

“We had to go and pay off the remainder of it,” Green said.

In addition Wednesday, the board approved implementing a new math curriculum for kindergarten through third graders that will go into effect next school year.

The curriculum, known as “Go Math,” will strongly align with new Common Core standards, officials said.

“Go Math is going to cover all the concepts they need to know,” said Assistant Superintendent Aletta Lawrence.

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