Internet-voice System Introduced to the Board

Despite financial pressure, the Temple City Board of Education reviewed a plan to renovate current District internet-voice system. On May 28, 2008, a presentation of “IP Telephony”, sponsored by Cisco Systems, was given.

Utilizing state of the art technology, IP Telephony mitigates telephone hardware errors, the probability of multiple points of failure, and the hassle that comes with switching phone lines. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) uses myriad technology to reduce audio distortion and maintenance costs for T1 packbell issues.

Other benefits include: constant Cisco support, long-scale warranties, and the offer of competition with Arcadia, Rosemead, and Beverly Hills, all whom have adopted the technology.

However, the Board of Education was wary of implementing the three network service. Although the improvements in voice, video, and data surveillance appear enticing, the costs amount to $250,000.

Concerns over replacing relatively new materials arose, but presenter William Block cited a need to use the products of a company that built the school’s systems.

The Temple City Education Association questioned the frugality of the decision. With education reserves running dry, implementing a costly program would seem excessive, if not redundant.

Current packet switch networks are over twelve years old. Spare parts for the infrastructure are either outdated or no longer sold, while manufacturer support is no longer catering to an antiquated product.

Cisco Systems’ IP Telephony system is used by various schools and colleges within California. According to Block’s statements, rising interest in Cisco’s products allows for greater corporate support and innovations; in other words, customer support and parts would be easier to obtain.

In other matters, the Board rejected a motion to send School Board President Joe Walker and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Christina Luna to an Education Foundation Fundamentals Workshop. The majority stated financial logistics as its explanation for its decision.

Instead, the Board of Education will interact closely with the School for Schools foundation in the coming months, and will then plan for the financial and education aspects of the Temple City Unified School District.

 

This article was written by Randy Shun. It was published in the Temple City Voice on June 11, 2008.

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