Murray County Schools look to replace Windstream

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The Murray County Board of Education heard support for changing the system’s internet provider to ENA from Windstream. The contract expires in July but the board will vote on the change in their regular meeting on Monday.

“Windstream is not reliable,” said Steve Loughridge, Superintendent of Murray County Schools.

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The Murray County Board of Education discussed switching internet providers at the work session on Thursday.

Loughridge stated that ENA has partnered with Dalton Utilities and is also the service provider for much of the Murray County government, with the exception of a couple of fire stations.

ENA currentlhy does not have service in the area of Northwest Elementary School but Loughridge said ENA officials have assured him that if they win the bid, they will have service to it by July.

He also said that Spectrum’s bid was a little lower, but the school system didn’t have any experience with them.

“We feel ENA is the most reliable,” he reiterated.

New security at schools

The board also heard updates purchases for each school using $30,000 per school that the legislature awarded the district. The money is for improving security at schools, Loughridge said.

Purchases include new radios for the buses, which should improve communication between buses and schools, security cameras in various schools not already equipped with them. Gladden Middle and Pleasant Valley Elementary schools will each get new intercom systems.

“Pleasant Valley doesn’t even have an intercom system,” Loughridge said. “Gladden’s system is old.”

Other schools will have more keyless entry points, he added.

“We’re in pretty good shape, so sometimes, it was a struggle to find something (they would approve the money for),” he said, explaining that proposed purchases had to be approved.

To view more of Loughridge’s comments on the purchases, click here.

In other board news:

A proposition was made to declare some school buses as surplus so they can either be sold through bidding or auctioned off.

Announced a two-hour delay on Friday due to recent storms. To learn more, visit FYN’s story here.






1 Comment

  1. Tim Wells February 7, 2020 at 6:33 am

    Spectrum is full 100 meg+ broadband. Windstream is only 6-10 meg for more money. Avoid any connections with Optilink. Low quality plagues them.

    We need some with common sense on our school board.

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