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February 26, 2013

DACC to improve phone system

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College board of trustees awarded a contract Tuesday night to upgrade the campuswide telephone system, including the installation of phones in all of the college’s classrooms.

“We’ve spent a considerable amount of time looking into upgrading the current phone system,” DACC President Alice Marie Jacobs said.

“We’re putting phones in the classrooms in case of an emergency,” she added.

Midwest Communications Group of Danville was the low bidder for the installation of the upgraded phone system and 80 additional classroom phones at a cost of $83,305.

“Placing the phones in the classrooms is about $10,000 out of the $83,000 cost,” Jacobs told the board.

Mike Cunningham, director of administrative services at DACC, said the classroom phones would be set up to call only 911 or campus security.

The upgraded phone system also will require those on campus to dial the last four digits of a DACC phone number rather than three digits as is currently done.

DACC employees will be able to set their work phone to forward calls to their cell phone so they don’t miss any incoming calls, Cunningham said.

The trustees also:

  • Recognized the DACC cross country team.
  • Heard a report from the college’s student success center.
  • Approved purchasing computer equipment using technology bond money. The low bidder was GovConnections of Dakota Dunes, S.D., with a bid of $163,116 to upgrade and replace 209 computers on campus.

“These are replacements of existing computers that are over three years old,” Jacobs said.

Cunningham said many of the college’s old computers are recycled.

Trustee Vickie Miller said, “I’m glad we have this technology bond because these are dollars we no longer get from the state and it keeps us up-to-date.”

  • Approved purchasing scale computing storage cluster equipment. The low bidder was Alliance Technology Group of Chicago with a bid of $25,496 to purchase the computer memory storage.
  • Granted tenure to Chuck Shepard and Michael Shutes, who are both auto mechanics instructors.

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