11-18-2008 Organization of the Board with Oath and Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #45

Wide-Area Network (WAN) & Internet Circuit Upgrades


The District has posted an Invitation to Bid (ITN#09001/LH) on September 23, 2008 for WAN and Internet Communications Service Provider Solicitations. The purpose of this initiative is to satisfy the following needs: 

  • Network and Internet bandwidth capacity to all schools and support facilities must be increased based on current utilization levels and increased demands due to the implementation of the District's Sunrise Standard and the expanding usage of internet-based software applications.  Examples include web-based programs such as Edline, Discovery Education, video conferencing, and internet enabled professional development and meeting applications (Wimba).  Analysis of Data traffic consistently demonstrates the need to expand capacity to maintain performance.
  • Process improvements recently implemented and planned consistently rely on the network to ensure success.  Examples include elimination of paper-based solutions and substituting with digital solutions, electronic and web-based newsletters and handbooks, e-agenda, on-line training, and assessment.
  • Achieve cost savings believed possible due to current market trends on service pricing.
  • Obtain e-rate discounts.  Filing for the discount is dependent on the award of the contract by January 2009.  An estimated discount of $360,000 is anticipated.

Due to  the time sensitive nature of this agenda item and the E-Rate filing requirements, the District Evaluation Committee is expected to have a recommendation sent to the Board by December 3, 2009. 


Authorize the Educational Technology and Purchasing departments to negotiate and award a contract in accordance with the recommendations of the District Evaluation Committee and ITN process.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 11/18/2008
Consent after Information12/9/2008

Authority for Action
F.S. 1001.42

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Operating - Other

Cost Center


Stephen B. Muzzy, Assistant Superintendent, x700
Thomas Fitzgerald, Technology Coordinator, x760
Bob Burns,  Network Operations, x765