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File #: 2527-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/3/2020 In control: Technology Committee
On agenda: 11/9/2020 Final action: 11/12/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Technology to enter into an agreement/Memorandum of Understanding with Columbus Partnership to enable the reimbursement of federal CARES act funding so that Columbus Partnership can acquire broadband products and services in support of remote learning for K-12 students in Columbus City Schools; to authorize the expenditure of $500,000.00 in federal CARES act funding for the above-described purpose; and to declare an emergency. ($500,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 2527-2020EXP, 2. CP_Pilots_MOUv1docx revised
Explanation
This ordinance authorizes the City of Columbus, Department of Technology, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Columbus Partnership (Partnership) to reimburse the Partnership $500,000.00 in CARES Act funding for the purchase of technology and services in support of remote learning for K-12 students. This is being done as part of the city and the Partnership’s efforts to provide remote connectivity for Columbus’ K-12 students.

K-12 public education statewide and within the City of Columbus in the midst of a teaching and learning paradigm shift that began before the Covid-19 pandemic. This shift expanded the traditional notion of the public classroom to an extended, or blended learning approach where a student’s education is augmented with rich K-12 content outside of the classroom.

The Covid-19 pandemic rapidly changed and reinforced the need to move to a virtual and blended learning approach to public education. In the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, primary and secondary classrooms statewide were closed by executive order of the Governor due to Covid-19. Public schools across Ohio and the nation, continue to operate in a remote education or hybrid-learning models which require robust residential broadband connectivity to enable student access and learning.

With the on-going and ever-changing nature of Covid-19 locally, the need for various aspects of remote or blended learning for all K-12 students in Columbus continues.

As part of Community’s broadband outreach, and in order to provide residential connectivity for K-12 households, the City and Partnership are exploring alternative residential broadband connectivity technologies which may provide K-12 households with low-cost, affordable broadband options. To achieve this goal, with passage of this Ordinance, CARES Act funding will be used to support two (2) neighborhood broadband pilots as follows:

1. Internet equipment and services for up to 200 households $360,375
2. ...

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