Some school districts are signing new, short-term contracts with broadband providers — at big savings.
Other districts are sticking with the team that provided broadband under the failed Idaho Education Network contract.
Then there’s the remote South Lemhi School District. The Central Idaho district is taking its negotiations down to the wire — and is worried about costs. Other districts across Idaho were sifting through bids this week — from the Boundary County district that borders Canada, to Ada County’s rural Kuna district to the Fremont County district in the shadow of Yellowstone National Park.
For all districts, Friday is the deadline. If they don’t have contracts in place, Education Networks of America has threatened to pull the service it has provided under the statewide broadband network contract. The districts can apply for a share of $3.6 million, set aside by Gov. Butch Otter and the Legislature to cover the cost of short-term contracts.
For an in-depth, statewide look, here's a link to our story at Idaho Education News.