Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials ap­prove $600K for net­work cen­ter

The Covington News - - Front page - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

The New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion looks to be­gin con­struc­tion on a new net­work cen­ter this week.

The board ap­proved a bid from Bon Con­struc­tion on July 17, in the amount of $654,148 for the con­struc­tion of a new Net­work Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter.

Dr. Gary Shat­tuck the Di­rec­tor of Tech­nol­ogy and Me­dia Ser­vices for NCSS said con­struc­tion for the new cen­ter will be­gin on Aug. 6. He said the board does not know when the project will be com­pleted, but they hope it will be fin­ished some time this fall.

Shat­tuck said the money used to fund the project would come from a fed­eral grant.

“All the money used to fund this project is re­im­burse­ment funds from a fed­eral grant pro­gram called eR­ate. The funds used to con­struct the Net­work Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter will not come from Gen­eral Funds or from SPLOST funds, which are used to fund cap­i­tal projects,” he said.

Shat­tuck said all of the sys­tem’s dig­i­tized data is stored in the cur­rent data room. But he said engi­neer­ing firms de­ter­mined the room was not suf­fi­cient for all of the sys­tems cur­rent op­er­a­tions.

“Two dif­fer­ent engi­neer­ing firms an­a­lyzed the cur­rent room and came to the same con­clu­sion: the cur­rent room is in­ad­e­quate for the cur­rent needs and, ob­vi­ously, can­not han­dle any ad­di­tional growth,” Shat­tuck said.

He said the old data room has

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been prob­lem­atic and had very lit­tle space for the school sys­tems tech­nol­ogy equip­ment.

“The old data room has had many prob­lems in the past mainly re­lat­ing to air con­di­tion­ing, avail­able space and elec­tri­cal ca­pac­ity. Two ad­di­tional air con­di­tion­ing units were added to this room since the build­ing was built in 2002, but as de­mands for tech­nol­ogy grew, this ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity was even­tu­ally ex­ceeded,” Shat­tuck said.

Shat­tuck said even though the sys­tem will gain a new op­er­a­tions cen­ter, the school sys­tem would continue to use the old data room.

“The old data room will continue to be used on a very lim­ited ba­sis. Our plans are to con­vert this room into a dis­as­ter re­cov­ery cen­ter with lim­ited amount of equip­ment. This lim­ited use will thereby ease the stress on the cur­rent space, the cur­rent elec­tri­cal ca­pac­ity, and the cur­rent air con­di­tion­ing sys­tems.”

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