School board OKs tech­nol­ogy spend­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

The Board of Ed­u­ca­tion has ap­proved spend­ing about $132,000 in state Smart Schools bond money to im­prove in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy equip­ment.

At a board pub­lic hear­ing Tues­day, dis­trict of­fi­cials said they want to fo­cus on con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween build­ings and pro­tect­ing data as part of a three­p­hase ef­fort to up­date tech­nol­ogy. “This is the first ap­pli­ca­tion,” As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Thomas Bur­nell said. “More than likely, the other two phases will be done in one ap­pli­ca­tion.”

The dis­trict has been al­lo­cated $277,209 from the $2 bil­lion bond that was ap­proved by vot­ers in a 2014 state propo­si­tion.

The dis­trict ex­pects fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions even­tu­ally will be sub­mit­ted for class­room tech­nol­ogy ($125,147) and se­cu­rity sys­tem im­prove­ments ($20,000). “We’re go­ing to wait to see how phase one works be­fore we start build­ing out phase two,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Joseph Phe­lan said. Un­der the $132,061 ap­pli­ca­tion, the dis­trict will seek fund­ing to re­place do­main con­trollers, re­place a fire­wall on the server and in­stall fiber op­tic ca­ble be­tween Chan­cel­lor Liv­ingston El­e­men­tary School and the mid­dle/high school build­ing.

“The fiber op­tic line will re­ally al­low us to have one whole net­work, as op­posed to two sep­a­rate net­works and im­prove [data] speed be­tween the build­ings, too,” Bur­nell said. “It’s about $80,000, and then there’s an an­nual fee for pole rental.”

In­for­ma­tion was not im­me­di­ately avail­able about the route the fiber op­tic line would take, but the dis­tance be­tween the build­ings is 0.7 miles along vil­lage streets.

Phe­lan said the ap­pli­ca­tion re­duced the re­quest by $7,000 so the dis­trict could move for­ward with a com­puter server in­stead of wait­ing for state ap­proval of the grant fund­ing.

“There is a server for the of­fice that we’re not buy­ing through that Smart [Schools] bond money, and we’ll be buy­ing it through the gen­eral fund,” he said.

In­for­ma­tion in a Sept. 14 re­port on the state Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment web­site shows 267 of about 650 dis­tricts that were al­lo­cated fund­ing have sub­mit­ted ap­pli­ca­tions for all or par­tial amounts. There is no dead­line to use the money.

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