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Grandview schools review network needs

GRANDVIEW – While no action was taken, the Grandview School Board received background information last night about future network and computer-related needs.

Brad Shreeve is the Grandview School District’s assistant superintendent, and Monday night noted the district is seeking funds through the E-Rate program. The federal program can fund up to 90 percent of the district’s costs for network upgrades.

The improvements are needed because the district, like many, is moving more towards on-line testing formats.

The network isn’t just for internet access, as Shreeve told the board the district is working with a provider to supply Grandview schools 450 direct dial phone numbers.

In other discussion during Shreeve’s presentation last night, it was noted that staff is busy making sure that all of the school district’s 2,500 computers have operating software updates. He says that’s because after April 17 Microsoft will no longer offer security updates for its Windows XP platform.

Another point of discussion last night was the possibility of leasing computers or tablets during testing times rather than outright purchasing them. The idea was raised because the federal E-Rate program does not cover costs for hardware or devices.

The Grandview School Board is expected to consider action on the network upgrades next month.

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