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E-Rate applications to save district nearly $148K

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Photo: Harrison Hills City School District Technical Coordinator Keith Eddy said nearly $148,000 will be saved through technological upgrades and discounts over the next year through applications of the E-Rate technical assistance program. In addition to saving money, local schools are being wired with fiber optics to increase speed from 10 to 100 megabytes and classrooms are equipped with high-tech learning tools to improve students’ education.

CADIZ- Technological applications are helping Harrison Hills City Schools save nearly $148,000 over the next year.

District Technology Coordinator Keith Eddy said a series of upgrades and modifications through E-Rate, a federal technical assistance program. Savings through the program should benefit Harrison Hills to the tune of $147,951.07 by 2013. Eddy said E-Rate is based on needs assistance and follows free and reduced lunch programs to calculate discounts, which this year will be 77 percent since the district has the same amount utilizing those food programs. He added that the district has also completed fiber optic connections for even further cost reductions.

We get a 77-percent discount off of our Internet and telecommunications bills,” he continued. “It’s been going on for 15 years but has actually increased since last year.”

At that time, he said, the discount equaled 72 percent.

We’ve got a contract with OMERESA to provide fiber optic interconnecting and Internet service. Fiber optics has been worked on in the area through Connecting Appalachia and we’ve switched from copper T-1’s, going from 10 megabytes to 100 megabytes. We’ll increase the speed and get savings by doing so.”

He said the contract was in place and the changes should be fully underway around July 1. Over the next school year, classrooms will be more modernized to provide top-notch teaching tools for students. So far, classrooms have been stocked with more than 860 devices, including Smart boards, iPads, projectors and audiobooks to download e-books.

It will allow us to use more multimedia in classes and more devices to connect online,” he said. “By the start of school next year, we should have every classroom equipped with interactive boards. It’s new for Harrison County and opens up opportunities for us.”

Superintendent Dr. George Ash said the upgrades were just another way to keep students on track for the future.

I appreciate the effort Mr. Eddy’s made in improving our technological opportunities for kids,” Dr. Ash said.

Source: Harrison Hills School District Press Release

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