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FF Schools to increase Internet speed ‘10 fold’ [UPDATED]

Published 9:44am Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Updated 11:44am Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Fergus Falls School Board unanimously approved this morning a deal between the district and Otter Tail Telcom that will increase its Wide Area Network bandwidth by a factor of 10.

The network services the district’s phone, Internet, heating and control systems, among other functions.

Under the new agreement, the monthly cost will climb to about $3,800, according to Masten, a $400-per-month increase. But with some federal money included, the district will only pay about $1,900 a month.

“We definitely need it,” Masten said. “It’s a drastic increase and will make us more efficient in our operations.”

School board makes asbestos project ready for bid

Also during this morning’s meeting, the board unanimously approved a call for bids for an asbestos removal project at Adams Elementary School.

The tile flooring in a stairway near the school’s gym needs to be replaced, according to district business manager Mark Masten.

“The tile is starting to loosen up and that is our barometer that it is time to replace it and get some new stuff in there,” Masten said.

Masten expects the bid process to move quickly, perhaps even getting results in a week. Work on the tile removal could begin in early July, according to Masten.

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