Communications pact expected to save Dist. 204 $36,000 a year

<p>Courtesy of Illinois Prairie School District 204.</p>

Courtesy of Illinois Prairie School District 204.

AURORA — Indian Prairie School District 204 will save $36,000 year on its telephone and communication services.

The School Board on Monday approved a three year contract with AT&T that will cost the district $8,020 per month, a savings of $4,024.78. The savings is because of changes in the telecommunications industry, according to Stan Gorbatkin, assistant superintendent for technology services.

“This is huge. It’s going to save our district $4,000 a month in Voice Over Internet Protocol services,” said School Board member Mark Rising.

Rising said he is pleased the district administration continues to keep up with changes in technology, as well as requirements for the Common Core State Standards and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Career (PARCC).

“The discrepancy between the previous contract and the current contract is due to the rapid adoption of internet based telephony, continued movement away from traditional phone line services,” Gorbatkin wrote in a memo to the board.

The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) services used by the district allows users to make voice and video calls, which will be critical when the district implements more online classes and blended learning options.