With the Idaho Education Network established to bring high-speed Internet to Idaho high schools now dissolved for the time being, school districts have signed contracts with providers for the rest of the fiscal year, through June.
As reported in Monday's Tribune, several districts in the Tribune's readership area received bids to provide broadband service for the next four months at significantly lower rates than what the state had been paying through the IEN.
Today, the Idaho State Department of Education released the numbers for every district in the state. In North Central Idaho, seven districts stuck with Education Networks of America, but eight of them chose local providers, including First Step Internet, the Nez Perce Tribe and Frontier, saving a total of about $220,000 over the next four months.
The districts contracting with First Step are Kamiah, saving $35,706.15; Moscow, saving $37,769.63; Mountain View (Grangeville and Clearwater Valley), saving $43,400.88; Troy, saving $22,688.00; and Whitepine, saving $15,313.00.
Lapwai is saving $995.65 by contracting with the Nez Perce Tribe for service. Lewiston will save $19,955.25 by going with XO Communications. Salmon River saves $43,675 with Frontier.
Each district already has received $2,000 from the state, and the state will reimburse them for the cost of the contracts.