Kilgore ISD approves phone contract, cost


Kilgore ISD board members approved a contract with Lantana Communications for an upgrade to the district’s phone system.

On a prioritized list of capital needs, notes next to the phone system show only second-hand parts are available for existing phones with more phones needed throughout the district, Director of Technology Mark Lane said.

Lantana Communications, which has an Avaya system, was the recommended vendor out of six proposals. The contract includes a not-to-exceed cost of $137,239.

The current phone system has lasted 15 years, Lane said, and he expects the new system to last at least that long.

In addition to improved equipment, the system will be able to support up to 3,000 phones, providing the district room to grow.

If KISD ever needs 3,000 phones on the system, Board Secretary Trey Hattaway quipped, the district would be a 6A classification instead of the seventh-largest 4A. (According to trustee John Slagle, KISD was about 30 students shy of jumping up to 5A.)

The outlying buildings housing the ag department, alternative school and the spirit organizations are all on the current system and will continue to be part of the district-wide phone system.

The new system will give more capabilities and security to each campus. Lane noted the Lantana Communications option meets the e-911 system requirements and has other features like one that allows calls to be forwarded or mirrored on employee cell phones.

After a motion from Slagle seconded by Hattaway, the board approved the contract unanimously 7-0.