OAKWOOD — A technology change is expected to speed up Internet connections and save the school district money.
District technology coordinator David Calkins told the school board this week that Oakwood Junior High has a T1 connection that is serviced by AT&T.
"It is very slow. And it's very expensive, because we have to pay both AT&T and Frontier," Calkins said.
His plan, which the board approved, is to put up two large wireless relay towers, one at the district office and one at the junior high. The installation cost plus interest is about $25,000, which will be spread out over three years in payments of about $700 a month. The school is currently paying over $800 for Internet access.
In other business, Oakwood High School will be getting new scoreboards in the gym. Principal Tim Lee was able to use a grant program and sponsors to pay for the scoreboards. The installation cost will be $5,000, but Lee is working on getting sponsors to cover some or all of that expense also. New scoreboards normally cost schools $25,000.