The Wayne County School Board of Education met Thursday, July 23 and agreed to enter contract negotiations with White Cloud Communications US, LLC. The school district will initially receive $500,000 for their advanced range of broadband services, if the lease agreement is finalized. The company would then work with Community Telecom Services to expand quality high-speed broadband internet into remote areas of the county through this joint venture.
Superintendent Wayne Roberts stated that the district's primary object is to expand broadband internet access
to students. The internet has become an important tool for school districts as they look for
innovative ways to educate students who may opt to learn from home instead of the traditional in person instruction.
The proposed lease with White Cloud includes a $500,000 payment upon closing. White Cloud Communications would make a
$1 million investment in engineering and infrastructure to build out the project.
Roberts updated board members in regard to the new school year, which is still slated to begin August 24 for students.
He said teachers and staff are currently training to handle the different learning scenarios that are available for students.
Numerous other items on the agenda dealt with the approval of payments for on-going projects on the campus concerning the Area Career and Technology Center construction, District Services Building renovation, Monticello Elementary renovation, and the new Track and Soccer field construction.
The consent items were approved which included: approval of contract with WE/SC Educational Cooperative, an agreement with Berea College for GEAR UP, student teacher agreement with Midway University, and Al a Carte Meal prices for upcoming school year.