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Seminole County Schools Allocates $6.6M+ for IT-Related Projects

District operating system, emergency radio improvements and project management software are among the IT-related initiatives listed.

The Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) has listed more than $6.6 million for a range of IT initiatives in its 2024 budget.

The allocations include $4.7 million for district operating system software, $1 million dedicated to emergency radio improvements, $600,000 for HVAC controls, and an additional $288,281 reserved for project management software.

SCPS is the 13th largest school district in Florida and the 57th largest in the nation, according to its website. It has more than 63,000 students and about 7,000 employees.

SCPS earned an “A” rating for the 2022-2023 school year from the Florida Department of Education. That put SCPS at rank No. 1 among Central Florida Districts, second among the 14 largest districts in Florida and 11th out of the state’s 67 districts.

Its budget has more than $6.6 million for IT-related initiatives, including:
  • District operating system: According to page 128 of the budget, SCPS has allocated $4,740,323 per year for district operating system software.
  • Emergency radio improvements: According to page 129 of the budget, SCPS has allocated $1 million for emergency radio improvements, split evenly between the 2024 and 2025 fiscal years.
  • HVAC controls: According to page 129 of the budget, SPCS has budgeted $600,000 for HVAC controls.
  • Project management software: According to page 129 of the budget, SCPS has allocated $288,281 for project management software, spread across five years.

The district has also budgeted $3 million each year for "technology upgrades/augmentation."
Cristina Carter is a Tallahassee-based staff writer. She has a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in international affairs, both from Florida State University.