USD 232 to solicit bids for own fiber optic cable
De Soto USD 232 wants to own the fiber optic cable needed to transmit data between the east and west sides of the district.
The Board of Education Monday approved 6-1 to go out for bid on aerial fiber installation and to approve the cost structure fee presented by technology director Jeff Mildner. Board member Randy Johnson dissented.
The district currently is in its third and final year of its lease of AT&T Optiman links at a cost of $6,600 per month.
Mildner presented the plan to the board last month as a way to save money. He estimated using its own fiber would save the district about $2,300 per month.
Mildner said if the board approves security cameras in schools at a future meeting, those would take up about half of the district's current bandwidth. He said if the district owned its own cable, increasing bandwidth would be easier, because adjustments would be made at the ends of the cables and would cost $600 for each gigabyte. Data transmitted on the lines would include electronic data including telephone calls, video and images used by the district.
In other business, the board:
¢ Received a letter informing members of two athletic proposals that are being considered, high school girls golf and middle school cross country. The Athletic Advisory Council will meet to discuss the proposals later this month and will formally present the proposals at the April 7 board meeting.
¢ Approved the 2008-09 school calendar. The first day of school will be Aug. 18 and the last day of school will be May 28, 2009.
¢ Approved in the consent agenda the 2008-09 fee schedule that includes a five-cent increase in school lunch prices. Elementary lunches will cost $1.75, middle and high school lunches will cost $1.85. A second student lunch and adult lunches will cost $2.80. Student breakfast prices at Starside Elementary School and Lexington Trails Middle School also will increase by five cents and cost $1.20. Adult breakfasts will increase six cents and cost $1.46.