Mt. Vernon Register-News


January 25, 2014

MVTHS looks at new school tech budget

MT. VERNON — Initial estimates are it may cost up to $2 million to equip the new proposed Mt. Vernon Township High School with technology.

Even so, this figure is a rough projection and MVTHS officials will continue to look for ways to reduce the cost, said Superintendent Michael Smith.

Changes in the new school’s design may still be forthcoming, and if the size of the campus is reduced, technology costs would fall as well, Smith said. Bids have not yet been sought for the technology.

“That’s like a maximum ceiling to shoot for,” Smith said of the $2 million estimate. “We’ll try to reduce it from there. … We’ll continue to try to find things to make it a little bit lower than that if we can.”

The MVTHS Board of Education briefly discussed the new school’s technology budget at a board meeting Tuesday night.

Smith presented the board with a report from Advanced Systems Group, a consulting firm tasked with developing a total cost estimate for technology at the new school.

The $2 million figure is for equipping the entire school with fiber, a wireless network, servers, a surveillance system, alarms, LCD projectors, clocks, intercoms, phones and more. The estimate includes labor and equipment costs.

Computers were not part of the estimate, as they will be leased separately, Smith said.

The technology portion of the new campus will likely be bid out three to four months after the construction bids are awarded, Smith said. The furniture would also be bid out separately, some time after the technology bidding is finished.

The awarding of construction bids has been delayed by recent developments.

In December, construction bids came in at about $6 million over-budget, prompting district officials and consultants to look for ways to cut costs. About $3.5 to $4 million in reductions have been made so far.

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