Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 3/6/2019 - 4:00 PM
Category: Fiscal Services
Type: Info/Action
Subject: 21.6 Award Bid and Approve Contract with AMS.NET to Provide and Install Cisco Core Switches under the ERATE program
District Goals and Beliefs:
Belief 2 - A culture of accountability shall drive excellence and promote the district vision of teaching and learning
Enclosure: Board Item Staff Report
Bid Evaluation Sheet
AMS Revised Documents (uploaded March 6, 2019)
File Attachment:
Board Item Staff Report ERATE switches.pdf
AMSNET RFP 0556-18C 1 - Part 1.pdf
AMSNET RFP 0556-18C 1 - Part 2.pdf
Bid Eval Sheet.pdf
AMS Revised Documents.pdf
Summary: ERATE is a federally funded program that provides discounts to schools for telecommunications and telecommunications related services (including internet). The program operates through the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Each year, TTUSD submits applications to USAC to receive discounts on telecommunications services such as internet/ethernet services (known as Category I services) and internal connections/equipment maintenance (Category II Services). The level of discount is determined by the percentage of free and reduced students at each school site. Our current level of discount is 70%. The funding is generally delivered through reimbursements or credits on our telecommunications bills. The District is required to bid all eligible telecommunications-related services/equipment if ERATE funding is requested. TTUSD advertised a Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide a new network switches and ancillary equipment and licenses at select sites. Each TTUSD facility has a central "core switch" that connects to our network operations center (NOC) at Truckee High School. It is from the NOC that all network connections enter the Internet. These core switches are close to the end of their life as the backbone of our network and we are able to leverage Federal ERATE funding to offset most of the cost. The district will be responsible for approximately 30% of the cost. This core switch replacement will provide TTUSD Cisco 9400 Catalyst switches which utilize current and next-generation network security and management protocols.

The District received two (2) RFPs and evaluated each proposal using pre-determined criteria. AMS.NET received the highest evaluation and was selected as the winning bidder. If we replaced all core switches listed in the bid, the total cost would be $329,725 with ERATE covering 70%.
Funding: Approximately $99,000 from General Fund for District portion
Recommendation: Award Bid and Approve Contract with AMS.NET to Provide and Install Cisco Core Switches under the ERATE program
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Todd Rivera - Executive Director of Business Services
Signed By:
Robert Leri - Superintendent Chief Learning Officer
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Dianna Driller Moved, Member Kirsten Livak seconded to approve the Original motion 'Award Bid and Approve Contract with AMS.NET to Provide and Install Cisco Core Switches under the ERATE program'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 4 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 4 - 0
Gaylan Larson     Yes
Kirsten Livak     Yes
Dianna Driller     Yes
Cristina Hennessey     Yes