NEW MILFORD — Problems with the present phone system at New Milford schools may soon be addressed with a single vendor digital phone system installed district-wide.

The Board of Education approved funding replacement of the present three vendor system at a cost of $261,900 with funding to come from the Capital Reserve Fund in a 5 to 3 vote Nov. 10. The Town Council must next approve appropriation of the funding.

Most of the present equipment in the five schools and central office systems is at, near or past its end of life. Some $20,000 is being spent annually on repairs with parts often difficult and costly to obtain, according to a study done by the Facilities Department. There are sporadic difficulties with intercoms in all schools and 911 calls are now handled differently in classrooms are each of the district’s five schools.

The solution arrived at is to install a single vendor digital phone system district-wide. The town recently upgraded its telephone system and based on its experience, business manager Jay Hubelbank entered discussion with Fairfield County Communications, a state approved vendor used by the town.

A quote of $261,900, including three years of service, was received to replace the present system.; 203-731-3352