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R-XVI board approves tech bid specs

By Mark Johnson/Richmond News

Taking steps to stabilize the technology support personnel situation, the Richmond R-XVI Board of Education approved a Request For Proposal during a special session Monday, June 30.

The RFP provides area technology firms the opportunity to indicate their interest and qualifications to provide service and security for the school district’s information systems.

Board president Chris Minnick said the RFPs would be due back at 4 p.m., March 1. After that, the finalists should be notified by March 5 with a contract awarded to the selected firm on March 14, if all goes as planned.

Superintendent Dr, Damon Kizzire said the RFP would be advertised in local and regional publications reaching from St. Louis to Kansas City.

Among the school district’s listed expectations, the firm selected to provide the services would be preferably required to furnish two technicians on site during business hours; remote monitoring 24/7; an understanding of specific software, including Powerschool and Microsoft programs; be capable of providing staff training; and be able to develop short-range and long-range improvement plans for the school district’s technology system, including bid specifications.

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