Bibb Schools to Get $40 Million in Technology Upgrades

11:36 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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Bibb Schools Technology Director Tom Tourand says Bibb County Schools' technology infrastructure is the worst he's seen in his 40 years of experience.

"It's been basically neglected for years and it has many areas that need to be addressed immediately," he said. 

Tourand is working on giving each school a technology make-over starting with Northeast High School October 15. The improvements include upgrading bandwidth, getting new hardware and software, new surveillance cameras, and a new central data center.

"We will remotely be able to fix things, which we can't do right now," said Tourand.  

The district has about $40 million from the 2009 education penny sales tax and from the federal government for the upgrades this year.

Tourand says it may run up to $50 million to give all the schools new systems and hardware, and estimates it'll take baout 2 years. 

But even then, his work won't be done.

"Just like your phones keep changing," he said, "your computers keep changing,the communication system keeps changing, they're getting better and better-- we've got to stay abreast of that technology."












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