NEW ALBANY —
A path for a new $2 million general obligation bond was started by the board of trustees of the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. at Monday’s meeting.
The board voted unanimously in favor of a preliminary resolution for a bond that would fund technology, security and renovation projects across the district. The resolution does not bind the district to spending any money on those projects right now, but allows it to reimburse itself with any up-front costs associated if it ever sold a bond.
The last $2 million general obligation bond, approved in August 2012, paid for wireless access expansion and a proprietary fiber cable network for the district. Sal Costanzo, director of technology, said now he’s asking for $900,000 of the new bond to increase security on the network and telephone lines, as well as adding more wireless access points and begin laying groundwork for the district’s own cloud network.
He said as the district begins laying out plans for a 1:1 computing initiative for students, some staff are already clamoring to use their own portable computers on campus.
“I’ve already been asked, ‘Hey, now that we have wall-to-wall wireless, why can’t we just start to do this, bring our stuff in?’” Costanzo said. “The reason is we can’t just open it wide up without putting the proper safety mechanisms in place first.”
Costanzo said the new security measures and internal network should set the district up for the next phase of their student computing endeavors.
Bill Wiseheart, director of facilities, also presented a plan to upgrade security on campuses across the district.
He said with nearly $1.1 million, the district would get better security cameras, have better control of building access with employees, renovate the former Galena Elementary School for Floyd Central High School’s use and improve parking and the main entrance for Georgetown Elementary School.