The Logan County school board agreed last week to a new contract with the Russellville Electric Plant Board to supply all its schools with high speed Internet service.
“That should be a significant contribution to all our schools,” said superintendent Marshall Kemp.
The Russellville Electric Plant Board was recently recognized as one of the fastest Internet Service Providers in the entire state of Kentucky and will be a big improvement for the county schools.
The Russellville Independent school system is already contracted with the EPB for Internet service.
“This is exactly the same kind of arrangement we have with the city schools,” said Robert White, the director of the Russellville Electric Plant Board.
When the EPB began offering high speed Internet through dark fiber wires it only put in the infrastructure to offer the service to the city of Russellville.
But with most of the Logan County schools lying outside of that coverage area, the EPB will be adding fiber lines to each of the schools in the coming months.
“We have a cost recovery type of lease with the schools because of the investment we are making,” White said.
Kemp said that the school system will pay a little more for a few years, but will see a significant savings once the cost of putting the dark fiber lines up to all the schools is taken care of.
“The Electric Plant Board can’t be in a losing proposition with that fiber,” Kemp said.
The six-year lease contract will begin on July 1, 2014.
“They want to have this all connected in six months, so we’ll have to really get on it,” White said.
Once each individual school is ready to go, it will be switched over to the EPB Internet, so some schools will get the high speed services before others.
And while the EPB will be laying fiber lines to schools in Chandlers, Olmstead, Adairville, Auburn and Lewisburg, it will not be offering high speed Internet to anyone else in those communities at this time.
“I do want to make sure that people are aware that this is strictly a partnership to connect the schools with our Internet services,” White said. “We are here to support the educational opportunities for the schools.”