Weekly Feature

2017-10-12 / Local News

District partners with BOCES for network upgrades


Seeking a stronger network infrastructure, the Orchard Park Board of Education has approved a three-year Installment Purchase Agreement through Erie 1 BOCES to upgrade outdated switches and wire closets throughout the district.

The total cost of the agreement will be $179,005.49, according to Jeffrey Petrus, assistant superintendent of business for the district. Petrus said during Tuesday night’s School Board meeting that the district would begin paying on the agreement this fiscal year, and that the monthly cost would be $5,324.86.

“The project will complete the network infrastructure update by replacing the remaining outdated switches and wire closets throughout the district,” Petrus said. “Updating the remaining network switches will improve the ability to access and utilize the internet and the network applications.”

Petrus added that the new switches will allow for digital surveillance cameras and wireless access points to run effectively. The switches will also have more security options.

The project qualifies for 60 percent BOCES aid, and a chance for some federal aid. Petrus said there would be very little tax impact on the taxpayer.

The upgrade is expected to be completed by December, Petrus said.

The board also re-adopted its code of conduct policy. The changes were outlined at the board’s September meeting and included: contracted, seasonal or other employees that were not listed as essential partners of the district be placed under the code of conduct; a section of the technology policy be rewritten to prohibit cellphones, recording devices, cameras or electronic devices during the school day, except when permitted by a teacher or staff member; and a change to the tobacco and nicotine section to outlaw e-cigarettes and vaping products.

The board also accepted the external audit of the district. Drescher and Malecki, who conducted the audit, gave the district an unmodified or clean opinion, which means the financial statements reasonably present the financial position of the district.

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the District Office, 2240 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca.

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