Jefferson Parish Schools To Sell $27.5M In Bonds For Upgrade

GRETNA, LA (AP) — The Jefferson Parish School Board plans to sell $27.5 million in bonds next month to pay for an upgrade of the wireless network used by its schools.

         It's the final portion of a $50 million package dedicated to upgrading the technological capabilities of the school system. The New Orleans Advocate’s Chad Calder reports the upgrade will bring the wireless system used by teachers and students up to date by increasing its speed and eliminating issues like spotty coverage from classroom to classroom.

         The upgrade will complete the system's Technology Upgrade Plan. The district will recoup $7 million of the upgrade's costs through the federal E-Rate program.

         The current timeline would have the bond funds in place by the end of May, though it's not clear when the work would be completed.

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