“About two weeks ago [Cartersville High School Principal Steven] Butler called me with some frustration and said that he needed a [data] drop added so he could put in a printer, and the reason we couldn’t do that — and we monitor this very closely — is we were over the system threshold of $10,000 [in school purchases],” Superintendent Howard Hinesley said during Monday’s business session. “... We don’t want to go out for a bid for a [$150] drop, so we’re looking for language to consider. In the meantime, we’re in the process of working on our [technology] closets to do some upgrades, and so what we’re asking for is the approval to use Telenet at a cost not to exceed $4,000 per closet and also to provide the flexibility [on school purchases].
“[Assistant Superintendent] Ken [Clouse] has been looking at other school systems and many other school systems have a much higher threshold than $10,000. On the other hand, they’re all over the place. I happen to think $10,000 is a little low nowadays with the way pricing is, but we do want to get some more data and bring it back to you for your consideration.”
Clouse said in a prepared statement, “Waiving the policy will speed up the process to support schools in their technology infrastructure needs without having to bid out individual small projects. Telenet has worked with the system on prior projects and knows the technology backbone of the system’s technology.”