Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2000

Internet line snipped at EHS

September 7, 2000

A recent accident at Eudora High knocked out Internet services at the school, sending the district searching for a responsible party to pay the $12,000 repair bill.

J.W. Contractors, Lawrence, was installing cable lines for Eudora High Friday, Aug. 25 when fiber optic lines were cut. The contractors notified the district of the accident, saying the line was mismarked.

Peg Buchanan, officer of business and management affairs,said the locating company, Central Locating Service, claimed responsibility for the mismark.

es, initially they did,Buchanan said. hey said they mismarked it. And (an employee) did say he just guessed at it.
Buchanan said repairs for the cable required special attention, due to the rarity of the line. The end result a repair bill of $12,000 being sent to the district.

The line was fixed over Labor Day weekend and was running at the beginning of last Tuesday school day. Buchanan said the quick work of KMC Telecom helped get the line fixed quickly.

The school will soon be entering in negotiations to determine who will foot the cost for the repair.

e will be, I haven got that going yet,Buchanan said on Tuesday.

Bonnie Neis, EHS head secretary, said the repair was done n record time.The original estimate for the repair was much longer.

he first report was that it was going to be three months before we were up and operational,Neis said. t amazing how dependable you become on technology.
The accident knocked out Internet service at the high school, along with E-mail services for the entire district.

Larry McPherson, EHS activities director, said he first noticed the problem when he tired to access his school E-mail account.

pulled up an E-mail and it was blank,McPherson said. hat was my first inkling there was a problem.
Jessie Spires, general manager for Central Locating Services, was unavailable for comment.

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