Posted Date: 03/04/2020
Board Approves Policy Revisions
The Board of Education on second reading Monday, December 9, unanimously approved various board policy revisions, which may be viewed here. The Board considered first approval at its previous meeting, Monday, November 11.
Some of the policy changes are as follows:
In a related action, the Board also unanimously authorized a revision to the attendance policy, #5025 – Attendance, which can be viewed here.
Board approves 2020 meeting dates
The Board approved its calendar of meeting dates for 2020, which is generally the second Monday of each month. The Board will meet at 7 p.m. on the following dates:
Board approves purchase for new phone system
Board members approved the purchase of a new FortiVoice phone system for a total cost of $305,681.16 from United Systems.
This purchase will replace the phone system and the handsets from the following locations: Service Center, High School, Freshmen Academy, Eighth Grade Center, Sixth/Seventh Grade Center, Operations, Alternative Education, Boevers, Cedar Ridge, Darnaby, Grove, McAuliffe, Moore, Peters, and Rosa Parks.
The District has an aging Cisco phone system in many locations that requires maintenance for the software and support. As part of the 2019 Technology bond budget, two elementary schools and the Service Center were to be upgraded in order to provide up to data phones as well allow the district to eliminate PRI lines. However, while determining the upgrade path, a new solution was discovered by the same manufacturer as the district’s firewall. When investigating and evaluating the new solution, it was determined that all Cisco phones could be replaced for less than it would cost the District to renew support with Cisco and replace the phones as scheduled. This plan will allow the Technology department to replace every Cisco phone in the District with a new FortiVoice solution.
The purchase is divided into a hardware and a software purchase. The hardware purchase will cover all hardware needed to run system including voice gateways and handsets. This purchase includes all applicable licenses, various handsets, installation, as well as support.
Board approves architectural services for baseball/softball complex
Board members approved architectural services with Wallace Engineering in the amount of $181,412 for design services related to the baseball/softball complex renovation project.
The design work will allow Union to being the project after the spring sports seasons conclude. Included in the project will be installation of artificial turf on the fields with the required curbing and new fencing.
In a separate project, the Board approved low bids from Crossland Construction Co., for $164,744 to tear down the bleachers on the home stadium of Union Tuttle Stadium, as well as “scrape” the site of all existing facilities and utilities in preparation for raising a new stadium.
In other action, the Board: