Santa Monica-Malibu USD Extends Outsourced IT Contract


IT consulting firm Networld Solutions has announced a contract extension with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD). Under the new one-year agreement, Networld will provide the district continued IT planning and project management services that align with SMMUSD's Education Technology Plan.

Networld first contracted with SMMUSD in 2007 to help the district assess its technology infrastructure and determine its ability to support technology improvements over a five-year period. The company developed strategic and tactical plans based on district goals and helped spearhead the bidding process for wide- and local-area network technology and services. According to the district, a contract for the WAN/LAN services was recently awarded to AT&T.

"Networld Solutions came in and quickly evaluated our technology needs and our ability to support IT growth through our Education Technology Plan, and their help with important initiatives such as the WAN/LAN bid has been extremely valuable," said Virginia Hyatt, director of procurement, contracts and construction for Santa Monica-Malibu USD, in a prepared statement. "We are pleased to renew the contract as we move forward with technology innovations that set the stage for continued success in our classrooms."

Plans for the contract extension include supporting district efforts to enhance campus- and district-wide networks, as well as adding wireless networking and VoIP systems. According to the company, the new initiatives will drive cost savings and enhanced communications across the network.

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