02-28-2017 School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #22


Title
Expenditure Authorization - ITN #15-B-048-WH Wireless Access Points and Related Products and Services

Discussion
On August 11, 2015, the School Board approved ITB #15-B-048-WH (Item F-10a) for an initial term of 08/11/2018. The purpose of the contract was to leverage the opportunity to acquire new equipment that was not previously eligible prior to the Schools and Libraries modernization order. The BPS 2016 E-Rate discount application exceeded the initial equipment expenditure estimates for approval. Additional equipment eligible discounts are available for application in the 2017 – 2018 school year. Surtax referendum funds for technology are earmarked specifically for these equipment types. The Independent Citizens Oversight Committee have provided positive feedback that this is a prudent mechanism for leveraging public funds. The 2017 – 2018 BPS Expenditure recommendation is being made for $6,000,000 which is eligible for an E-Rate application discount rate estimated at 60% that will result in a $3,600,000 discount opportunity. In addition, the 2016 BPS E-Rate application discount reimbursements of $1,181,300.90 will also be applied upon funding approval and processing.

Recommendation
It is the recommendation of Russell Cheatham, Assistant Superintendent of the office of Educational Technology and staff to approve $6,000,000 expenditure specific to active contract ITN #15-B-048-WH.

Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 2/28/2017

Authority for Action
Florida Administrative Code 6A-1.012(7)

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Operating - Categorical

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
17/186,000,000.00YES39800003980017400689000

Contact
Russell Cheatham, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Technology 633-1000 x701 Thomas Fitzgerald, Information Technology Director 633-1000 x760