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WATERLOO — Proposals to expand internet service as well as update network equipment and the firewall will be considered by the Board of Education Monday.

The board meets at 6 p.m. in the Education Service Center, 1516 Washington St.

Waterloo Community Schools currently has two 1 gigabit per second contracts for internet service, one finishing at the end of this fiscal year and the other at the end of the next. Officials sought bids to replace the expiring agreement with a new 3 gbps contract to ensure adequate bandwidth for growing internet needs, receiving three proposals.

Mediacom was the low bidder with a $4,250 per month three-year contact. The district would file for 80 percent discounts through the Universal Service Administration’s taxpayer-funded e-rate program if the contract’s are approved, bringing the monthly cost down to $850.

The board will also consider an $87,704 bid for network equipment from Goldfield Telecom and a $101,092 bid for wireless equipment from Aercor Wireless. Six bids were received for network equipment along with five for wireless equipment.

The district would apply for $151,037 in e-rate funding on the purchases if the contracts are approved. Purchases are conditioned on the district receiving the e-rate funding.

In addition, a $186,421 purchase of two Fortinet FortiGate 3200d network firewalls from Sterling, one of seven bids received, will be considered by the board. The current firewall maintenance contract expires this fall.

The district would apply for e-rate funds of up to $45,914 if the purchase is approved, bringing its cost as low as $140,507. Officials recommend moving forward with the purchase whether or not the funds are approved.

In other business, the board will:

  • Consider approving a 35 cent hourly wage increase in each of the next three fiscal years for custodial, maintenance and food service staff represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2749. The raise amounts to a 2.15 percent increase for the 2018-19 contract.
  • Hold a public hearing on an artificial turf project at Memorial Stadium.

Education Reporter

Education reporter for the Courier

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