Item Coversheet

Action Item - 22.

Title: Amendment of Contract with Tricomm Services Corporation - Network Infrastructure Upgrades ($750,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform an amendment of a contract, subject to funding, as follows:


Tricomm Services Corporation


To extend current contract to complete cabling at seven (7) remaining schools.

 Original Start Date:  4/1/2019

 Current End Date:  9/30/2022

 Amended End Date:  9/30/2024

 Currently Authorized Compensation:  $2,735,330

 Additional Compensation: 
Tricomm Services Corporation - $750,000

 Total New Compensation:  $3,485,330 

Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) High School; Brown, Henry A. School; Kearny, General Philip School; Saul, Walter B. High School; Roosevelt Elementary School; Frankford High School; Wagner, General Louis Middle School; 

 Renewal Options:  No

  1. Why is this contract needed?

This contract extension is needed to finish an IT cabling project that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to incorporate more robust engagement with the School District of Philadelphia (District) Environmental Services for all school construction/infrastructure projects. The original contract included 94 schools, 87 of which were completed. Due to inflation and supply chain issues, there is a small increase in spending authority to complete this remaining work.

  1. How is this work connected to the District’s plan to achieve Goals & Guardrails?

Ongoing cabling enhancements create modern, supportive learning environments for students with increased access to internet for educational needs.

  1. How will the success of this contract be measured?

           Increased internet capacity at the schools.

  1. If this is the continuation of a contract, how has success been measured in the past and what specific information do we have to show that it was successful?

Increased internet capacity at completed schools, including fewer support tickets related to internet access.

  1. When applicable, is this an evidence based strategy? If so, what evidence exists to support this approach?


  1. When applicable, was a larger community of District community members and/or stakeholders involved in this selection process? If so, what groups and how?

As part of our site evaluation, we collect feedback from school administrators and staff on internet access issues (“dead spots”) and identify spaces that need increased internet support due to changing uses of spaces.

 Related resolution(s)/approval(s): 
February 28, 2019; A-10
February 15, 2018; A-6

 Funding Source(s): 

FY23-24 Capital 

FY24-25 Capital

 Office Originating Request: Information Technology