New phone system to save Central Cambria $17K

EBENSBURG — Accord­ing to Su­per­in­ten­dent Jason Moore, Central Cambria School District will save about $17,000 annually after board members had unanimously agreed to switch telephone services Monday.

The new system is a hosted voice over internet protocol service called Jive Voice, which will cost the district a one-time fee of $1,725 and a monthly fee of $2,089.

Voice over internet protocol technology allows the district to use an internet network to make phone calls instead of a phone line.

“We have a unique opportunity to upgrade while saving money,” Moore said. “It’s a textbook win-win. It’s a good use of taxpayer money.”

School board members also approved a recommendation to allow In-Shore Technologies of Johnstown to manage the new implementation’s physical and technical aspects for a one-time cost of $5,145.

Board President Dennis Simmers seemed pleased that the district is moving from third-generation to modern-day technology.

“We have very old stuff, so now we’re on the way,” Simmers said.