APPROVED:  5/29/07

 

Brookline Board Meeting

CSDA Media Room

May 3, 2007

 

Beth Lukovits, Brookline

Wanda Meagher, Brookline

Dave Partridge, Brookline

Cindy Ryherd, Brookline

Richard Pike, Superintendent of Schools

 

Call to Order

 

Dave Partridge called the meeting to order at 7:16 pm.  The issue of the Charter fiber internet contract proposal discussed at this meeting was held in conjunction with the SAU board meeting. 

 

Minutes

 

Dave Partridge provided feedback and a recommendation from the Charter Fiber Internet & Phone sub-committee (Dave Partridge, Wanda Meagher, Jim Murphy, James McCann, and Dan Peterson) who met with Charter to go over their proposal for fiber internet for the SAU, Coop, Hollis, and Brookline school districts. 

 

Dave reported that the sub-committee recommends the district accept Charter’s proposal with the only change being that the internet pricing be changed to a 1-year contract instead of a 5-year contract.  The fiber pricing will remain a 5-year contract.  The 1st year of the contract will be $59,600 which is over the amount budgeted, so each district will have to come up with the difference above their budgeted amount.  However, subsequent years of the contract will only be $39,600 which is a considerable savings over the $52,000 being spent under the existing contract, with far greater bandwidth. 

 

The proposal would provide 100 Mbps service between the schools and a 5M/5M internet connection with guaranteed bandwidth between each site and 24x7 monitoring, maintenance, and customer service.  Rich Raymond got positive feedback from three school districts which have switched to Charter fiber. 

 

The plan would be to have the fiber implemented by August 15th with Charter providing interim cable/VPN service to use between the end of the existing service (June 30th) and August 15th when the fiber should be implemented.  The proposed plan also provides the ability to support future requirements which may require more bandwidth.  Phone service is not included as part of the proposal but could be considered in the future.

 

The board spent a brief period discussing the proposal.

 

A motion was made by Beth Lukovits to accept the Charter proposal as written with the exception of the internet pricing which would be changed to a 1-year contract instead of a 5-year contract.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.

 

There was a concerned raised about whether TDS could/would raise their pricing when they realize we would no longer be using them as a provider.  VPN could be used in the interim if that were to happen.

 

Dave Partidge said that a letter of resignation was received from Donna Shalek. 

 

A motion was made by Beth Lukovits to accept the resignation of Donna Shalek with regrets . Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no. 

 

A motion was made by Dave Partridge to adjourn the meeting. Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 4 yes, 0 no.   7:40pm

 

Date __________________________      Signed       ________________________