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VARtek's Contract Expanded to Upgrade High School's Core Network

Pine-Richland School Board agrees to pay a maximum of $200,079 for the work.

VARtek — the company that has been upgrading 's technology for more than a year — got a new assignment Monday night.

The Pine-Richland School Board agreed to pay VARtek a maximum of $200,079 to upgrade Pine-Richland High School's core network, which is the backbone of the school's technological system.

VARtek is an Ohio-based company that specializes in technology solutions for K-12 schools. It entered into a contract with the Pine-Richland School District for $1.2 million in the spring of 2010.

The school's core infrastructure cannot handle its load, especially as the district adds high-definition security cameras, said VARtek's Tom Wilk. The new cameras are part of the renovation/expansion program at the school.

School Board Director Aafke Loney asked where the funding would come from.

Superintendent Dr. Mary Bucci said the district had money left in the contingency fund from the construction project. Those funds were transferred to the high school's construction project to pay for technology, she said.

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