A Framework to Address the Technology Gap in the Grosse Pointe Public School System - A Financial Approach not Dependent on a Bond
What has happened since the Plante Moran Report?
The following has occurred since this report was delivered:1.
The district employs Steve Woloszyn whose title is “Technology Director.” Ido not recall when he was hired or if his role fulfills the recommendation.The description aboveseems to recommend more of an “ed-tech” person than someone who looks after districttechnology. In other words, this may still be an open item.2.
The district upgraded its Wide Area Network capacity in February 2013 fromthe 100 Mbps capacity to a 1 Gbps capacity network using a five year contract with Comcast - a10x increase in network capacity.3.
Wi-Fi exists in pockets around the district, but the Tech Bond study and RFQ indicatesmore investment is needed.4.
The issues between GPPSS and the Internet connection from WayneRESA were also addressed and options probably exist to upgrade the Internet circuit if need be atrelatively low cost.5.
PC’s and Workstations:
The district has not upgraded its aging workstations. This would havebeen addressed by the bond and now must be addressed in the General Fund.6.
The district undertook a technology planning process, to some extent, by virtueof the bond planning RFQ. This study was, however, designed on the assumption that allinvestments would be funded by a bond.The delta between the Plante Moran study and the Tech Bond RFQ indicates that other networkinfrastructure needs investment - namely servers, switches, routers, and storage. The failed Tech Bondproposal went far beyond the Plante Moran basics.This table summarizes the February bond proposal of $50.3 million (all figures in $000’s).
CategoryDefeated BondProposal Costs CategoryDefeated BondProposal Costs
Desktops, Laptops $9,847.00
Back-up Power Supplies $1,446.00
Tablets or Chromebooks $7,097.00
Telephone System $1,099.00
Classroom A/V Enhancements $7,004.00
Natural Gas Power Generators $3,644.00
Private Fiber Network $862.00
Network Outlets in Buildings $2,995.00
Central Switches and Firewalls $828.00
PC / Device Management $2,766.00
Digital Media System $759.00
Video Surveillance System $2,549.00
Professional Services $500.00
Network Switches at Schools $1,939.00
Power Conditioning $480.00
Media Lab Construction $1,843.00
Card Readers and Locks $1,508.00
Management Systems $205.00
Building Wi-Fi Access $1,491.00
Server Room Cooling $126.00It’s important to note that many of the figures above reflect an initial purchase
a replacement purchase.This is true of the PC’s, tablets, and elements of the server and Wi-fi components. When moving to afinancial model that takes a four year view and creates budget capacity in the General Fund, the equivalentten year value is actually 2.5 times.For example, in the data model below, if the district can create $9 million in a four year window, that is like$22.5 million had it relied upon a financial model similar to the defeated bond.
Prepared by: Brendan Walsh - March 6, 2014Page 3