Manson School District been approved for funding to replace and expand its network system. The project includes installation of new servers, rewiring of both school buildings and expansion of wireless access on both campuses. The total project cost will be over $330,000 with the district being awarded approximately $290,000 in reimbursement through the Universal Service Administrative Company. The program more commonly known as E-rate will pay for all but approximately $40,000 of the costs for the upgrades. The funding source is a nation-wide tax on phone user’s phone service that is collected and then distributed to public schools and libraries.
Work has already begun in the elementary school with contractors beginning to pull existing wiring and installing the new cables. The project is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2012.
When the district put the application together, the goal was to ensure this investment in its network infrastructure would be sufficient to meet technology demands of the next five to ten years. The project replaces an aging network which has begun to cost the district down time and the expense of replacing failing equipment. The upgrade will result in a faster and more efficient use of existing and future technology.
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