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School finance committee moves police cruiser purchase to full school board

February 18, 2014

By Terry Lewis, The Albany Herald, Ga.

Feb. 18--ALBANY -- It's been a long time coming, but Dougherty County School System Police Chief Troy Conley is one step away from getting the new police vehicles he says his department desperately needs.

The DCSS finance committee on Tuesday gave the nod to moving Conley's request for 12 new police cruisers before the full school board for approval. The vehicles, 2013 Dodge Chargers, will be acquired locally and cost just more than $21,000 each. The purchase will be paid for with SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax) funds.

"I am pleased to have the support of the finance committee, but the board will still have to approve the purchase," Conley said. "This is part of a five-year plan to upgrade of fleet. We have at least four vehicles that need to be replaced immediately. The new cars will allow us to provide better coverage to elementary schools in the county."

The committee also heard from DCSS Finance Director Ken Dyer the status of the District's RFQ (request for quotes) for a five-year technology lease as part of a system-wide "technology refresh."

US Bank came in with the lowest numbers in what will be a $13-plus million program, which will cost the system more than $2.5 million a year in lease payments over five years. In addition to the network upgrade, every computer in the district will be replaced and the system will achieve a 1-to-1 computer to student ratio.

Dyer stressed that the lease numbers for the technology refresh were preliminary and that he was not yet ready to make a recommendation to the committee. However, he added that the district was already preparing for the network upgrade.


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