Meeting Date:   5/20/2020 - 5:00 PM
Category:   INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Type:   Action
Subject:   14.2 District Websites – Schoolwires Subscription Continuation – July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022
District Goals
Enclosure
File Attachment:  
BOCS Worksheet - School Wires - May 2020.xlsx
DOC448.pdf
Rationale Information Technology Department – GML104B
Blackboard Schoolwires
Term – July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022
Amount of Subscription – YEAR1: 2019-2020 - $110,175.00 (includes $4,500 for PowerSchool Integration)
YEAR 2: 2020-2021 - $105,675.00
YEAR 3: 2021-2022 - $105,675.00
Account Number – 450-5164-100000-2630-B2300 (2020-2021 Contractual - $105,675.00)
Scope – In April 2016, the Board of Trustees approved Board Report No. 16.3 in support of the transition from eChalk to Blackboard’s Schoolwires platform for the creation of the District’s new website as well as the sub sites for all schools. The creation of the sites as well as the migration to this new platform was completed successfully and the sites are, and have been, up and running for the past four years. Additionally, we maintain sub sites for VIVE, My Brother’s Keeper and one for Yonkers Basics. Schoolwires continues to provide all of the features and functionality of a web based communications tool, including a Content Management System (CMS). The system provides online class pages for teachers to post assignments, instructional materials and classroom related information for parents/guardians and students. In addition, the subscription includes the Mass Notification System which provides communication via phone, text, email and social media, and the integration of PowerSchool into the platform. This resolution is seeking the approval of the Board to continue the agreement with Blackboard, the parent company of Schoolwires, for the 2020-2021 school, year two of the three year agreement.
Funding 450-5164-100000-2630-B2300 (2020-2021 Contractual - $105,675.00)
Resolution WHEREAS the District has been maintaining its web presence through the use of Blackboard’s Schoolwires beginning in July 2016. The Board of Trustees’ approved Board Report No. 16.3, April 20, 2016, at which time the District began the migration from eChalk to Schoolwires. The District sites as well as all school sub sites were brought online and staff trained in the use of the new platform. Additionally three sub sites, VIVE, My Brother’s Keeper and Yonkers Basics were created to effectively and efficiently serve the best interest of the students, staff and the Yonkers Public Schools community. As a result, the District is seeking to continue its relationship with Blackboard and continue the agreement for an additional three years, July 1, 2019-June 30, 2022, and,
WHEREAS Schoolwires provides custom content managed websites for the District and each school, as well as all of the features and functionality of a web based communications tool, including a new Mass Notification System. This new system affords the District the ability to communicate with District stakeholders, via phone, email, text and social media.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Yonkers Public Schools issue a purchase order, for year two of service for this agreement, to Blackboard, in the amount of $105,675.00 for the 2020-2021 school year.
Approvals:  
Recommended By:
Signed By:  
Christopher Carvalho - Director
Signed By:  
Dr. Fenix Arias - Manager of Administration
Signed By:  
Bob Cacace - Commissioner
Signed By:  
Cheryl Green - Deputy Commissioner Dept. of Information Technology
Signed By:  
Tom Collich - Purchasing Director
Signed By:  
Finance Department - Finance Reviewer
Signed By:  
Elizabeth Janocha - Deputy Commissioner
Signed By:  
John Liszewski - Commissioner
Signed By:  
Dr. Andrea S. Coddett - Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:  
Dr. Edwin M. Quezada - Superintendent of Schools
Vote Results:  

Original Motion
Member Judith Ramos Meier Moved, Member Abdool H. Jamal seconded to approve the Original motion 'WHEREAS the District has been maintaining its web presence through the use of Blackboard’s Schoolwires beginning in July 2016. The Board of Trustees’ approved Board Report No. 16.3, April 20, 2016, at which time the District began the migration from eChalk to Schoolwires. The District sites as well as all school sub sites were brought online and staff trained in the use of the new platform. Additionally three sub sites, VIVE, My Brother’s Keeper and Yonkers Basics were created to effectively and efficiently serve the best interest of the students, staff and the Yonkers Public Schools community. As a result, the District is seeking to continue its relationship with Blackboard and continue the agreement for an additional three years, July 1, 2019-June 30, 2022, and,
WHEREAS Schoolwires provides custom content managed websites for the District and each school, as well as all of the features and functionality of a web based communications tool, including a new Mass Notification System. This new system affords the District the ability to communicate with District stakeholders, via phone, email, text and social media.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Yonkers Public Schools issue a purchase order, for year two of service for this agreement, to Blackboard, in the amount of $105,675.00 for the 2020-2021 school year.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 7 Nay: 0.
The motion CARRIED 7 - 0
   
Steve Lopez     Yes
Judith Ramos Meier     Yes
Andrea Brown     Yes
Kevin Cacace     Yes
Dr. Rosalba Corrado Del Vecchio     Yes
Abdool H. Jamal     Yes
Dr. John Castanaro     Yes