Upgrading the Apache Junction Unified School District’s phone system at a cost of $328,396.16 to nVision Networking Inc. was approved recently by the governing board.
“I’m just excited for the school district to get the upgrade,” board member Christa Rizzi said prior to the vote.
“It’s hard for a business to operate without an operating phone system,” President Jodi Ehrlich said.
The telephone system was discussed, with no decision made, at the May 26 AJUSD Governing Board meeting; and was approved in a unanimous vote at the June 9 meeting.
The school district’s phone system has serious deficits, creating safety issues and inefficiencies for staff, according to a phone quote and report with logos from AJUSD and nVision Networking Inc.
“This situation impedes communication for the district community and an outage in an emergency would create serious consequences,” the report states.
Some of the features of the CISCO telephone system are: voice, video, mobility, messaging, conferencing and intercom.
The phone system includes Informacast, which is described as a fully integrated safety alerting and notification system.
“The Informacast portion of our solution allows district-wide communication for lockdown events, all-clear notifications, notifying security and police of classroom issues and much more,” the report states.
The cost of the system is $153,413.16 for the product; $56,322 for service; $39,713.89 for Informacast; $23,947.11 in taxes; $15,000 for cabling; and $40,000 for installation, support and training, according to the proposal from nVision.
The district needs, according to the report: