Agenda Item #12
Approval to Renew Annual Maintenance and License Agreement for Blackboard Connect, MCSD No. 14-0027-SM - p.17
On June 11, 2012, the Board approved the purchase of the Blackboard Connect, a parent notification system. This system allows principals and district administration to automatically notify parents of students of important information or emergency notifications. Blackboard notifications can be sent through phone, text and email. The Blackboard Connect contract is based on a per student license fee of $1.50 annually plus a support fee of $3,000.00 per year.
State Board Rule 6A-1.012(10) states, “A district school board, when acquiring, whether by purchase, lease, lease with option to purchase, rental or otherwise, information technology resources, as defined in Section 282.303(13), Florida Statutes, may make any acquisition through the bid process as described herein or by direct negotiation and contract with a vendor or supplier, as best fits the needs of the school district as determined by the school board.”
The supplier Blackboard Connect is supplied through Blackboard Connect Inc., Washington, DC, 20001, Florida Document No. F07000004958.
Expenditures for fiscal year 2012-2013 for the annual license were $63,000.00. The 2013-2014 cost is based on student population this year of 36,973 students or $55,459.50 plus $3,000.00 support fee. This contract will be in effect through June 30, 2014.
The Superintendent recommends the approval to renew annual maintenance agreement for Blackboard Connect.
Motion and approval to renew annual maintenance agreement for Blackboard Connect.
The cost to implement this agenda item will be $58,459.50. The funding source for this expenditure will be charged to the general fund/rental coding line 52001010000.4360.6500, and is included in the Technology and Information Systems Department proposed budget for 2013/2014.
Technology and Information Systems Department/Purchasing Department
Ernest Paredes/Stephanie McDonald/sm
Attachment: School District of Manatee County, FL Connect Ed-K-12-Order.pdf