The school is taking advantage of the federal program E-Rate, which allows the consolidation of internet and telephone bills. There was no current voice contract by the district with a company, so they were able to bid out their service, leading to a winning bid from AT&T. The school board will save $1,300 a month, or $15,600 per year, with no change in service, according to Smith.
Before the consolidation, the district had seven lines.
The district will also save money with its new copier contract with Ricoh, who is the current supplier. The new contract, which begins next year, will be $2,463.97 monthly. The previous rate was $3,748, saving the district $15,417 next year.
The savings will help offset the rise in health insurance premiums for the 2017-18 school year.
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