11/17/14 11:52 p.m.
Findlay City Schools may soon be updating its technology infrastructure. At last night’s board meeting, director of technology Martin White presented the board with the district’s current technology situation. Under the current lease with AT&T, which is in contract until 2016, only the high school and Donnell Middle School receive have workable connection speeds and the bandwidth does not meet building needs.
Audio: Ed Kurt
Superintendent Ed Kurt said in order for Findlay to keep up technology-wise and allow for new opportunities, an upgrade is necessary. At this point, the district is considering a contract with Buckeye Telesystem. Findlay is currently paying $132,000 per year with AT&T and would save more than $101,000 per year by switching to Buckeye.
Audio: Ed Kurt
Another influence pushing the district toward the switch is state testing requirements. Currently the state allows the option of computer or pencil and paper testing, but beginning next year all tests will be standardized. According to the administration, the current infrastructure would allow for no more than two classrooms and two computer labs of testing to take place at once. With so few students able to test at once, the district would have to extend its testing schedule even further which would take away from classroom time.
The new system would be run on Dark Fibers, two per buildings, which would allow the district to control the bandwidth. The district is now gathering additional Dark Fiber proposals and make a recommendation to the board for further action by the Dec. 15 meeting.
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