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School board to discuss software, AVID expansion to new schools PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 March 2017 11:47



• Leader & Times

There will be several items to keep the members of the USD 480 school board busy during its next meeting this evening starting at 6:30.

Contracts will be the focus of a few of the items for the board to consider, with the first of these being the renewal of the ALiO software, which the district uses for a variety of purposes. This has been brought up at previous meetings, and tonight the board is expected to take action on it.

“The annual ALiO software maintenance expires on March 31,” the agenda information noted. “The cost to renew the software maintenance and updates is $23,033.21, which is an increase of $1,736.20 over last year. This renewal provides software updates and technical support on our financial software.”

The second of the contracts expected to have action taken on is the 2017-18 AVID contracts.

“These contracts include the expansion of AVID Elementary to the new sites and Summer Institute participation,” the agenda information noted. “An anonymous donation has been received in the amount to $75,000 to assist with the costs of AVID implementation district-wide.”

The final contract looking to have action taken on will be the lease agreement with HeadStart for classroom space at the Southlawn Elementary School building beginning this summer.

The board will also be hearing information from Food Services Supervisor Connie Vogts regarding the food service charging policy, and will also be discussing Internet filtering.

“The internet filtering device is slowing down our internet speed. Our internet is filtered by a device called Ironport which is about 10 years old,” the agenda information noted. “This device should be running at a capacity of 25 to 30 percent, but is now running at 85 to 90 percent. The state contract for a new Ironport filtering device is $17,715.10. Once the Ironport has been installed, USD 480 requests a security assessment from AOS to help create the most effective method of filtering. This will eliminate the conflicts causing our internet traffic to be slowed down. Both the Ironport filtering device and the security assessment was approved by the Tech Committee on March 9, 2017.”

Enhancements to the district’s Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) will also be looking for approval.

“The SCCM works with all Windows-based computers. This is currently used by USD 480 to make computer images and push them to current or new hardware,” the agenda information noted. “The enhancements will allow the following: image up to 100 machines at a time with ability of multiple images available; update of software applications from a remote site; remote access for computer techs, which allows the ability to fix issues; and endpoint protection, which sets the machine to a standard before a virus infection.”

District staff will also be asking the board to approve moving overhead electrical lines underground at West Middle School, and to accept a proposal for asbestos remediation at Sunflower Intermediate School.




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