The Newton County Board of Education renewed several annual contracts at its meeting Tuesday.
The BOE approved renewing its annual subscription to Destiny Library Manager and Destiny Asset Manager for $26,569.89 to manage and keep track of its technology assets; a contract with Diversified Solutions for Internet content filter software; and the continuation of a beverage agreement with Coca-Cola Refreshments of Decatur.
According to information from the school system, the NCSS technology department annually subscribes to two of Follett’s Destiny Management Software programs: Library Manager and Asset Manager. Two years ago, the technology department began using Asset Manager to track all technology assets. The system has used Destiny Library Manager for the past 15 years. Officials said that, initially, individual schools subscribed to Destiny. However, six years ago, the school system converted to the enterprise version, which has saved thousands annually.
Officials also said Follett’s Destiny Management Software programs have provided a much better service and meant fewer lost books.
The Lightspeed Web Access Manager Software was selected by the technology department following an evaluation to identify a cost-effective Internet content filter solution. The contract was originally awarded during the fiscal year 2010, as the school system initially purchased 7,000 licenses with support, for $28,000.
During the current contract term, the school system will renew and purchase a total of 9,659 licenses with support, for $38,636. This cost reflects a continuation of the original pricing agreement.
The effective date of the contract was Aug. 21. It will expire on Aug. 20, 2014.
The annual renewable beverage agreement with Coca-Cola Refreshments of Decatur became effective Aug. 21. The school system previously entered into a five-year beverage agreement with Coca-Cola Refreshments, which concluded in 2011.
The new five-year agreement (annually renewable at the discretion of the Board) includes free products and athletic equipment, and the provision of plaques for teacher-of-the-year awards for every school; and offers several other features, such as rebates on concession sales, fundraisers and other incentives. In exchange for the incentives, the school system has granted Coca-Cola Refreshments exclusive marketing and sales rights for all beverages sold on school system property; and concessionaires, teams, associations, boosters, etc., are to purchase required products from Coca-Cola Refreshments.