Moline-Coal Valley School District Selects Geneseo, Saves Big

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GENESEO, IL — The Moline-Coal Valley School District has awarded its broadband contract to Geneseo Communications, saving the school district $2,000,000. Plans for a new advanced fiber network for the Moline and Coal Valley schools became a reality as the Moline-Coal Valley school board members unanimously voted to take advantage of significant savings by selecting Geneseo Communications to engineer, power and support the districts new fiber-optic network for the next 20 years.

Dramatic Cost Savings
Previously Moline-Coal Valley Schools paid $12,200 per month for high-speed service to its 14 district wide buildings; whereas, with the new agreement with Geneseo the cost will be $750 per month maintenance. Furthermore, the Moline-Coal Valley School District will be one of the first schools in the Quad Cities to receive up to 10 Gigabyte of broadband speeds.

The School Board voted unanimously to award a $675,000 bid to Geneseo Communications to construct an all-fiber network to connect the 14 district-wide schools under a 20-year network lease agreement aimed at providing superior network access supporting the district’s growing technology needs while working within its budget constraints. Under the terms of this agreement, the school district will lease the facilities and Geneseo will maintain it.

“The district has been evaluating connectivity options for over four years, said the district’s CFO, Dave McDermott. Geneseo Communications bid fully met the district’s request and I am confident they’ll provide the level of service we need at a much lower cost. This positions us to reallocate funding to other needs which is extremely beneficial to the district.”

Kevin Stuart, Geneseo Senior Account Executive, said, “a goal for this multi-locational project is to connect the schools various locations through a fiber-optic network. The network will provide the district with new opportunities to collaborate and share resources bridging the digital divide that so many school districts face as well as help significantly reduce their cost putting money back in their reserves for other school needs.”

The new network is expected to be up and running by the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

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