By DEB WUETHRICH
The Tecumseh School Board authorized a $65,000 contract with MT Business Technologies of Holland, Ohio, at its Monday night meeting. The company will provide technology services for the district. Technology Director Todd Thieken said the proposal from MT Business Technologies was very thorough with a detailed plan for support and continuous monitoring. During discussion regarding the bids at last month’s school board meeting, Thieken said that in addition to the broad scope of MT’s proposal, the company had extensive experience in a wide range of businesses, not just education.
“The biggest piece is they would be coming to us as partners and that’s a direction we want to go over the next ten years,” Thieken told board members in August when first presenting his recommendation. The board also considered proposals from Selective Data Systems of Onsted, and Ultra level in Detroit.
The board also put into play an Installment Purchase Agreement (IPA) plan to upgrade technology equipment, including video systems, which has been in its second year of planning. The school district piggy-backed the IPA with agreements for the athletic complex, but for a shorter time period. Board approval was given Monday night for the following technology: a series of upgrades outlined within the technology plan from Ultra Level for $152,655.50; Kace Systems, $22,841; Thalner Electronics, $101,675; CDI Computers, $30,060; MT Business Technologies, $15,000; and Computer Discount Warehouse, $41,218.
District Superintendent Mike McAran said this was the first time that an installment purchase agreement had been done for technology, and generally had been reserved for large equipment such as buses. He said putting the plan together was time sensitive and took a lot of work, especially by Thieken and Business and Finance Director Bill Wright.