Board of Education approves major technology upgrade
By Doug Sanders Jr.
Editor and Publisher
The Pickens County Board of Education last Wednesday morning approved a major
technology upgrade which will allow students to one day use their own
electronic devices at school.
(The Board met at Gordo High School on March 25 as part of its annual rotating
visit to one school in each municipality in the county.)
Technology Supervisor Sebastian Shamery said bids on the technology upgrade were
opened March 3 for the lan for internal connections. Five bids were received,
and Shamery recommended the low bidder, ITS (which is e-rate eligible), at a
cost of $426,439.40.
Shamery said this actually came in under their expectations, as they anticipated
the cost would be $500,000. This new system will allow students to use their
own laptop, iPad or even cell phone to do some of their work at school. It will
also mean that a technical person will be on site for three days a week for
Superintendent of Education Jamie Chapman said if the Alabama Legislature
approves money for school technology upgrades, the Board will be reimbursed for
these costs. Chapman said, “Technology is ever changing,” but he felt this upgrade would serve the schools for at least the next 10
Board Member Michael Hinton made a motion to approve the low bid by ITS. Board
Member Debbie Holley seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved.
In a related matter, the Board also approved a basic maintenance agreement for
this new system by ITS (they were the sole bidder). Their rate will be $75 an
hour for a network specialist; $50 an hour for a maintenance technician; and
$50 an hour for a support technician.
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