The Hays USD 489 Board of Education will discuss doubling the school district’s internet speed at today’s meeting and work session at 6:30 p.m. in the Toepfer Board Room, 323 W. 12th Street.
Director of Technology Scott Summers will discuss the need for the additional speed to accommodate the demand of one-to-one devices within the school district network.
Summers said there’s no formula to figure out ahead of time how much speed will be needed when the number of computers is increased.
The BOE approved an addendum to increase the speed from 125 Mbps to 200 Mbps in April 2015. It became effective July 1, 2015.
He’s asking to increase the speed from 200 Mbps to 400 Mbps.
If the school district doesn’t need that much speed, “we have the option of coming back down to 300 (Mbps).”
The amount of speed is “a moving target,” Summers said. “It’s a hard number to nail down until you see how it’s used in the classroom, and the use of apps.”
Many school districts reevaluate the speed needed almost yearly, he said.
Approving the speed increase addendum to the contract with Eagle Communications, which would go into effect July 1, will cost an additional $4,000 a month.
Universal Services Administrative Company e-rate the district receives will pay 70 percent of the cost, since it allows the school district one change per year, Summers said.
The school district’s cost will be $1,200 if the board approves.
During the work session portion the board also will discuss the cost of items included in the scope of the proposed bond with representatives from HTK Architects.
Non-renewal of two staff members’ contracts recommended by the administration will be discussed.
The board will discuss fees for the 2016-17 school year.
Meeting action items include approving bills and personnel transactions.