Manhattan-Ogden Schools Board will consider improving Internet services on Wednesday while cutting costs. The board members will also review proposals for district construction projects.

The board meeting will be held on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Robinson Education Center and can be viewed via livestream on social media.

District administrators recommend using WTC of Wamego to provide Internet services at 10 gigabytes for a monthly fee of $ 4,325. The district’s current provider is KanNet through Unite Private Networks, a Kansas City, Missouri-based company. At the same speed, its current provider pays USD 383 USD 6,495. The contract is for one year and the district has been using the same ISP for six years.

The district wants to save money on internet costs while improving connectivity. Internet access for the district is funded in part through the E-Rate program of the Universal Services Administrative Company, an affiliate of the Federal Communications Commission.

In the agenda note, district administrators recognize the need to increase the speed from 10 gigabytes to 10 to 40 GB. Administrators recommend sticking to 10 gigabytes, but future speed improvements can be made at a lower cost with WTC.

The board should also review and possibly approve a wide area network contract for district information technology improvements. We recommend that you approve this update prior to reimbursing the electronic interest rate of $ 14,490 per month. Wide Area Network (WAN) service is provided by the same Internet provider, Unite Private Networks (UPN), and maintains 10 gigabytes of speed. The current cost of WAN services for the district is $ 21,950.

In other businesses, the board will consider purchasing and installing data cables for additions to the Manhattan High School West campus for $ 207,706 from McCown Gordon Construction and the guaranteed maximum price package of BHS Construction for additions and renovations to the Eugene Field Early Learning Center for one Approve fee of $ 6.7 million. Construction continues at Eugene Field. Efforts to renew the building entrance, add parking space and repair masonry continue.

The board will also take a first look at and approve the calendar for the 2021-22 academic year and receive a report on district-wide summer education programs.