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R-XVI down to 3 companies for district tech needs

By Mark Johnson/Richmond News

First there were seven, now there are three. That’s the number of technology firms that will be making presentations to the Richmond-XVI Board of Education at its Tuesday, March 13 meeting to provide personnel services following the elimination of the school district’s in-house technology department.

The three firms – Worldwide Tech, AOS/k12itc and Midwest CompuTech – were selected as finalists after the school district’s advisory technology committee scored proposals from all seven firms.

“The scoring was not close,” Assistant Superintendent Julie Stephenson said. “There was a definitive separation between the top three and the bottom four.”

Before the scoring began, Stevenson told committee members that they would be considering a wide range of factors in the responses to the school district’s Request For Proposal (RFP), including the firms experience in a school setting, their vision for future technology trends, the number of technicians that would be available to operate and maintain the system, experience, formal training and certification, familiarity with school district software and the ability to train staff.

Other factors cited by Stevenson included where the support center was located, the ability to meet governmental reporting requirements, the ability to keep the system secure and past work with large-scale systems.

“We have over 800 computers in our district,” she said.

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