Carlynton school district to outsource IT services
By Dan Stefano
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, 9:02 p.m.
Carlynton School Board shook up the structure of its technical support services last week, approving a motion to arrange services with Allegheny Intermediate Unit.
The motion at the Oct. 4 meeting followed another in which the board eliminated the district's director of technology and network facilitator positions.
“When (first-year superintendent) Gary Peiffer came on, we challenged him to get the district to run better,” board President David Roussos said. “Not that we were running poorly, but we're looking for ways to improve.
“With regards to IT, it became his recommendation to outsource. From some of the numbers he's shared with me, my sense is we could save some money, as well.”
While a group of technical aides remain on staff — handling day-to-day operations, while AIU focuses on big picture network issues — the move still prompted the resignations of Robert Mikolay, who was director of technology, and Frank Sacco, the former network facilitator. Both had been with the district for close to six years.
“Their departures came about because of the decision to eliminate the positions, and we just didn't have any other positions open,” Roussos said.
AIU provides wide-ranging educational service to the Allegheny County's suburban school districts. Carlynton has used the unit for other academic support services in the past.
The board awarded a $7,140 bid to Lakewood Mechanical for a backflow preventer and strainer for the fire line at Crafton Elementary School.
Lakewood also will repair Crafton's out-of-service boiler at a cost not to exceed $4,000. Carnegie Elementary's boiler requires a similar repair and should be completed shortly, Roussos said.
Band on parade
The Carlynton Golden Cougar Marching Band is, of course, leading tomorrow's homecoming parade, but that should only serve as a warm up for the march it will take next month.
The band is scheduled to perform in the 32nd annual Macy's Holiday Parade on Nov. 24. Presented by WPXI, the parade takes place Downtown every year on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Dan Stefano is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 412-388-5816.
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