By Ken Ross
The Cherokee School Board voted to change phone service following a presentation by Doug Jenson, business account manager for Iowa Telecom Communications, a Newton based company.
The presentation was made at the meeting on Tuesday this week, a change of schedule for the regular meeting which usually occurs on the third Monday of the Month.
Jenson recommended switching to Iowa Telecom from Qwest for cost savings, to simplify billing and to get more direct representation. Currently, Qwest gives six bills for service to the district. Jenson said that following the switch the district would still have to use Qwest to maintain Internet connectivity between the buildings but there would only be two monthly bills rather than six.
Currently, calls to Qwest regarding service may be routed to either Denver or Minneapolis. With Iowa Telecom, the district would have one company representative, Jenson.
The school district has more than a year to go on a contract with Qwest and buying out that contract would cost the district $2,000. Jenson said that if Iowa Telecom received a contract, the school district would receive an $1,800 donation from Iowa Telecom.
Marlin Lode, superintendent, said that he and Margo Klaahsen, technology director, both recommended that the change in phone service be made.
The board approved resignations from Andy Vanfossan as head boys' basketball coach and Patti Riggs as custodian. The resignation of Vanfossan was accepted pending finding a suitable replacement.