Approved:  6-20-07

Hollis Brookline Cooperative School Board Meeting

CSDA Media Room

May 3, 2007



James O’Shea

Webb Scales

Steve Simons

Tom Solon

Richard Pike

Rich Raymond



Tom Solon called the meeting to order at 7:15 pm.  The meeting was held in conjunction with all the other boards of SAU41 to review a proposal for new internet service within the districts.   Dave Partridge to provide feedback and a recommendation from the Charter Fiber Internet & Phone sub-committee (Dave Partridge, Wanda Meagher, Jim Murphy, James McCann, and Dan Peterson) who had met with Charter to go over their proposal for fiber internet for the SAU, Coop, Hollis, and Brookline school districts.  This was the only item on the agenda for this meeting.


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.  For the Coop, this would require an additional amount of approximately $7,000 for the upcoming year.  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 boards spent a brief period discussing the proposal.


A motion was made by Steve Simons 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.  Webb Scales seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 4-0.


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.


A motion was made by Steve Simons to adjourn the meeting. Webb Scales seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 4-0.   The meeting was adjourned at 7:35pm