Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/13/2020 - 7:00 PM
Category: Consent Agenda Items
Type: Action
Subject: Approval of Blackboard Connect and Web Hosting Renewal
Vision 2022:
Community & Parent Engagement
Establish regular and ongoing opportunities to engage our community members, especially senior citizens, in our schools.
Community & Parent Engagement
Communicate our progress on Vision 2022 and strategic goals through regular community communication, dashboard, and annual Board reports.
Financial & Facilities Management
Monitor and update the annual Master Technology Plan.
Background: The District has subscribed to an automated calling service and Web service provider to facilitate the delivery of messages and important announcements to District families and staff.
File Attachment:
Blackboard Cost 20-21.pdf
Summary: Blackboard Connect has been the provider of the services Connect-ED and Schoolwires Web services. Currently, the two systems work to provide communication for community, staff, students and parents. This renewal is for a one year agreement with an annual payment of $111,782.74.

This subscription adds all features currently used by administration to communicate with parents and students and adds a teacher portal feature. Given the events of this past spring a mass communication tool for teachers to use was evident.
Funding: The cost of $111,782.74 is allocated in the 2020-2021 Technology Budget.
Board Policy 3:10 Goals and Objectives
4:60 Purchases and Contracts
8:95 Parental Involvement
Recommendation: It is recommended that the Board approve the renewal agreement with Blackboard as presented.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Rodney Mack - Exec. Director of Technology
Signed By:
Jeff Schuler - Superintendent
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Ginna Ericksen Moved, Member Susan Booton seconded to approve the Original motion 'It is recommended that the Board approve the renewal agreement with Blackboard as presented.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 7 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 7 - 0
Brad Paulsen     Yes
Jim Mathieson     Yes
Chris Crabtree     Yes
Rob Hanlon     Yes
Ginna Ericksen     Yes
Susan Booton     Yes
Dave Long     Yes