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      New $15 million network introduced to DCSS

      New technology could be on the way to the classrooms of the Dougherty County School System and your tax dollars would help pay for it.

      DCSS plans to take its old network and implement what's being called a "leading edge technology infrastructure" through its Technology Transformation Infrastructure Project.

      This would create a converged network that would provide the capacity and capability to take voice, video and data and moving that throughout the school district in a digital network.

      The network will allow each school to broadcast video to any device within the intranet and internet.

      DCSS IT Director Maurice Ficklin told members of the DCSS Finance and Personnel Committee Friday morning this will allow students to better communicate with their teachers.

      "The students will be able to use tablets and devices and gain information," Ficklin said. "The teachers will also have tools they can use with the students and push information to their devices."

      The infrastructure is the first phase of a three phase project. The first phase will cost about $5.5 million and will be paid for by SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). The final project is estimated to cost any where from $15 million to $20 million.

      The proposal now goes to the school board for discussion and approval.

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