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School board comes to terms with HickoryTech

The West Fargo School Board agreed during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday night on a proposal from phone company HickoryTech - who purchased IdeaOne Telecom in December - for them to provide the school district with Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity for the foreseeable future.

Having previously worked with IdeaOne, the board agreed to accept HickoryTech's proposal of a 10-year term, costing the district $1.02 million over that time.

This contract will go into effect on July 1, 2013, and includes coverage of the upcoming Liberty Middle School in its cost.

According to district technology director Robert Kaspari, the price is lower than what the district currently pays, despite the fact that connectivity for another school is factored into its costs.

"We have a good provider, and we are good customers," Kaspari said. "It will meet our needs moving forward."

The district currently pays $9,765 a month, while this new agreement would bring the monthly cost down to $8,500.

When more schools are built within the district, the contract will be amended to better represent the costs of keeping the district connected.

The board also approved their continued support of the GraSUS project, which provides support and funding to graduate students in STEM programs, by providing $25,400 to the NDSU Center for Science & Mathematics.