FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
September 11, 2017
Committee Members Present: Edward Hastings, Chair; Members; April Cusick, Kati
Board Members Present: Staci Fortunato, Pia Holmes, Kimberly Martin, Deborah Towle
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Kathy Casparius, Donna Madore, Jon Stonier
Others Present: Fred Kahl
1. IT infrastructure and our relationship with the City of Augusta
Fred Kahl, IT Director, gave an overview of the IT infrastructure and how it was combined with the City’s to save money - staff was decreased, and the networks were combined in a way that redundancies were eliminated. A summary is attached. One of the most important things done was to separate equipment between Cony and the City so if there is a disaster and one site goes down, everything continues to run. The public network is turned off during the day to prevent the internet from slowing down. Filters are in place to help manage bandwidth to do the daily things that are critical, for protection for liabilities and to comply with CIPA (Children Internet Protection Act), protection from malware and viruses. There are 10 to 20 thousand attempts to violate the network every day. The goal of the IT department is to make the system do everything it needs to do, keep everybody safe, and keep us legal.
2. Update on elementary air conditioning costs
Jon Stonier, Director of Buildings and Grounds gave an update on the estimates to install new heat pumps to provide air conditioning units for elementary schools’ second floor. The information he provided is based on Mitsubishi mini split heat pumps. One outside air handler would run four different units in the school and would be mounted on the side of the building. The estimate covers full service every other year and no cost for labor and maintenance of any warranty repairs for 12 years. The units can either provide heat or cooling.
3. Discussion regarding future agenda items
Mr. Anastasio asked that any information the committee requests be well defined so administration can provide correct information.
Meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m.