The Northridge Local School District Board of Education approved changes to Internet and phone contracts Feb. 22 that are expected to save about $10,000 annually.

The Northridge Local School District Board of Education approved changes to Internet and phone contracts Feb. 22 that are expected to save about $10,000 annually.

Shawn Wilkoski, technology administrator, told the board that entering into a five-year contract for Internet service instead of a one-year contract should save the district approximately $5,000 annually.

In addition, a reduction from 10 cents per minute to 3 cents per minute in the phone services contract should contribute to another $5,000 monthly savings in phone service costs.

The new phone service will allow the district to have dedicated direct dial phone numbers to a limited number of offices, such as athletics, administration, and building principals.

"This would ease the burden in the offices," Wilkoski said. "For example, if someone calls for the guidance office, the call goes to the (administration) office and then gets transferred to guidance. With the (direct dial) number, there will be a separate number just for guidance."

Treasurer Jim Hudson said the district's income tax collections, among the last that it will collect since the expiration of the income tax in 2010, were up from last year, reflecting an improved economy.

"The collection was 5.6 percent more than the January 2010 collection," Hudson said. "That's a good thing. Collections are up and it's 1.5 percent higher than the Ohio Department of Taxation had projected. But overall it's still 4.4 percent less than the January 2009 collections. The good news is, it's a little higher than we had projected in the five-year forecast."

The increased collection represents $19,000 more than the district had estimated.

Hudson also reported that the Licking Area Computer Association had notified the district that it intended to destroy old computer tapes that held payroll records from the 1980s and 1990s.

"LACA has old payroll tapes from the '80s and early '90s in storage," Hudson said. "We still have the records on file and they still have the information (in other formats). They just have these old reels, I'm not sure what they are, and they don't have the technology to read it anymore and we don't have the technology. We do have it backed up ourselves."

Superintendent John Shepard reported that a family that had volunteered to pay its income tax to the district voluntarily had sent in a $120 donation in January.

"I was approached by a family that wanted to pay the income tax, even though it is not coming out of their paycheck," Shepard said. "Out of respect for that family, it is an anonymous donation. They did send us a check last month. We are approving that donation and keeping track of it.

"It speaks highly for not only that family but our community for stepping forward. That will go into our general fund, as would the income tax if it had passed."