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Phone System Update - 6/17/2015

posted Jun 17, 2015, 7:02 AM by Jay Lindler   [ updated Jun 17, 2015, 7:08 AM ]
On Monday, the district converted to the new phone numbers with Carolina Digital Phone.   These are "Columbia" numbers which unfortunately are long distance from the 568 exchange.   Prior to accepting these numbers, we surveyed incoming calls and determined that less the 10% originated from the 568 exchange.   At this time, we have one complaint regarding the number change.   Please keep in mind:

1. The change in phone providers will result in at least a 50% reduction in telecom cost for the district or a savings of approximately $30,000 annually.
2. The new numbers are portable and can be moved to any carrier.
3. Due to the division of service areas between AT&T and Comporium, calls to Gaston from Swansea (and vis versa) have always been long-distance calls.
4. Approximately 66% of the district's student population lives in Gaston.   The new numbers are no longer long-distance for these residents.

If you have any questions, please contact Jay Lindler at the District Office - 803-490-7000.