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Board of Trustees Approves Technology Contracts, Fire Services


Contact:Eric Jome

Illinois State University’s Board of Trustees today gave the University authorization to enter into contracts for updated information technology systems and approved an agreement with the Town of Normal for fire protection services.

The Trustees’ decision allows Illinois State to conclude a competitive procurement process and enter into a vendor contract to support LEAPForward, the University’s multi-year initiative to modernize the academic information infrastructure on campus. The authorization allows Illinois State to enter into a three-year contract with up to seven, one-year renewals with the most favorable vendor at an estimated initial annual cost of $5 million and average annual renewal rates over the renewal period not to exceed $2.5 million.

The intergovernmental agreement between the Town of Normal and Illinois State provides fire protection services for the University for fiscal year 2014 at a cost of $530,400. The agreement is modified each year to require a new reimbursement rate that reflects the higher municipal costs associated with providing fire protection services. The Town of Normal uses a price index to calculate the new reimbursement rate that is determined by the Illinois Municipal League and used in other university communities across the state.

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