Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Question--Tonight's Board Meeting & SBC Contract
Sorry, I thought you and Amy were talking about the GigaMAN
(high-bandwidth networking) project.
> If you go to David Whitenack's post, earlier--which jumps to the
> hyperlink to the District's website detailing tonight's discussion
> items on the Agenda, there is the following item:
> *CI E.1 E-Rate Centralized Voice System (CVS) Contract
> The eleven (11) campuses and the District Administrative office (the
> main centralized equipment is located at the 1108 Bissell facility)
> proposed for the new Central Voice System (CVS) are qualified for an
> E-Rate discount because eight (8) schools have above 90% eligibility
> for the "Free and Reduced Lunch Program" (eligible schools indicated
> below are identified with an asterisk). This eligibility allows the
> District to receive a 90% discount on equipment purchased. The
> remaining schools were identified in the SBC Wide Area Network (WAN)
> phasing plan. As GigaMAN (Wide Area Network) technology emerged, the
> originally specified telecommunications equipment was reassessed and
> an integrated technology (voice and data) was pursued. The new
> proposed technology (the Centralized Voice System) integrates with
> the GigaMAN technology to take full advantage of the increased
> bandwidth required for state of the art data transmission. Additional
> background is provided on the attached document. Where reconstruction
> or facility replacement is planned for the facilities identified
> below, the equipment will be relocated as required. The District is
> eligible for over $900,000 in E-Rate Federal funds for the equipment.
> All of the schools indicated below will also be able to utilize the
> WAN for two to three years prior to their respective reconstruction
> or facility replacement. The eleven (11) schools identified for the
> new equipment are:
> DeAnza HS Gompers Continuation HS* Pinole Valley HS El Cerrito
> HS Kennedy HS* Richmond HS* Bayview ES* King ES* Nystrom
> ES* Peres ES* Verde ES*
> Apparent low bid will be presented at the June 9, 2003 Board Meeting.
> Approval of the recommended Vendor to provide Centralized Voice
> Systems for eleven (11) campuses and the District Administrative
> office. This same vendor shall also be utilized throughout the bond
> program implementation in order to assure consistency in equipment
> operations, integration with other wide area network equipment and
> maintenance of equipment.
> As I recall, in the Board meeting of June 4, they briefly discussed
> having a contract with SBC (I believe it is the above contract) where
> they said they would be spending a bit over $1 million to upgrade and
> install the above systems in the schools.
> Personally, I think this is a rotten time to be spending this money
> for this upgrade...does anyone else think this is wrong? I thought
> about speaking about it tonight, but didn't want to go off half-
> cocked (because I really don't know that much about what's going on
> at this point).
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Aukena@a... wrote:
>>What SBC contract??? And why does it have to be done NOW???
- The SBC voice mail system is new though and may be worth talking about.
I like the ways it's an expense that's a spin-off of the bigger SBC
GigaMAN project. I would guess they need to come up with $100,000
because they talk about a 90% E-rate discount and 900,000 in e-rate
money, but who knows until you get to the board meeting early and
actually snag a board packet.
> Good point, Charley...where was Mr. Stewart when they were approving
> this... Well, thanks..because it would be pointless of me to bring
> this up tonight since it's a done deal. Appreciate your help! How
> about we get a "dirty laundry list" together of all these insane
> spending decisions? It may have already been approved, but it
> doesn't look good as far as spending choices and prudent fiscal