Mars School Board OKs new technology purchase

July 10, 2018 Cranberry Breaking News

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ADAMS TWP — New computers and servers are expected for the beginning of the school year after Mars School District officials on Monday approved several technology-related matters.

During a special meeting of the board, members voted to spend $585,844.22 among three vendors for servers, storage and Chromebooks in the district.

The board was presented with a proposal in which Cisco US Servers and Jetstor Storage would be purchased from ITPS for $184,440.66; VMWare Licenses and 168 units of memory from Black Rock for $236,180; and 661 Chromebooks and cover cases from ePlus for $165,223.56.

Bidding the items separately allowed the district to save $62,954.78.

The board voted 6-1, with member Christine Valenta voting no, William Pettigrew abstaining due to a conflict of interest, and Rebecca Brown absent.

Valenta said she was concerned only one bid was returned. She said she worried that because the district already works with ITPS for other matters, other companies would not bother responding.

“Something doesn’t feel right with this,” she said.

Valenta added she wanted to know why other companies did not respond, and expressed concern with the bidding process.

“Who would pass up the opportunity to quote on 661 Chromebooks? I don’t get it,” she said.

Read more in The Cranberry Eagle.

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