Henry County school board approves fiber network project

The Henry County School System is expanding its fiber network.

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The Henry County School System is expanding its fiber network.

The Henry County Board of Education voted Jan. 14 to approve a bid for the purchase of wide-area network routing equipment to be placed at each school in the district and expand its fiber network, an initiative that is part of the current E-SPLOST program.

A request for proposals was issued, after which the district’s Technology Operations Department received and evaluated six bids for this project. Because it is a Georgia Department of Education E-Rate project, the county will be able to move forward at a sizable discount. Additional funding will come from SPLOST funds that have been marked for school upgrades. The cost for the project is $954,225 and the district’s total commitment is $427,347.

According to staff report, the equipment will be ordered in May and installed during the summer break.