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We received this document showing the true cost of the proposed move of the MIS data center that the board is voting on today. When all is said and done, the cost of the move and required renovations alone is closer to $5 million.
Page one of the proposal to the board says,
"The Data Center is the last department to relocate from 3770 North Decatur Road. This group will move to the William Bradley Bryant Center with the rest of the Management Information System Department.
The move will include the following:
- Ten staff members
- Core telephone switch supporting telecom district wide
- Two AS400's including all associated disk space, tape drives, printers, etc.
- Multiple critical servers that support district wide applications such as PATS, Voicemail, etc.
- Fiber infrastructure required to maintain the core backbone that supports 150 DeKalb County School system locations.
- Student Information Systems
- Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivables, Purchasing and other financial applications
- Human Resource applications
- Warehouse applications supporting reordering for all school locations
Consolidation of Management Information System staff to one location will allow for improved manageability of all systems as well as improved efficiency and redundancy among staff.
The cost breakdown on page 3 states that $3 million goes to building improvements and $1.5 million to MIS (the additional $329,000 is proposed for exterior repair, painting and window glazing. There is apparently a current budget allocation of $1 million and the department is asking for the remaining $3.5 million from SPLOST "Program Contingency" funds now totaling between $35-40 million due to cost savings on SPLOST 3 projects.