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Luna Has Friends’ Backs, Vice Versa

It doesn't get much cozier than this. Education Networks of America would not have a five- to 15-year contract to install WiFi in Idaho's high schools were it not for state school Superintendent Tom Luna. Now that Luna is in trouble over the deal, ENA is returning the favor and surrendering one of the most lucrative features of the arrangement - a fixed rate that guaranteed the company the same $2.11 million a year regardless of how many high schools signed up. Instead, it will bill only for services delivered - a change that could deduct more than $225,000 from ENA's profits. “In my mind, what they've done is totally changed the terms of the contract,” retired purchasing agent Scott Sherman told the Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell. Sherman handled purchasing matters for Philips Petroleum when it ran the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do rank-and-file Republicans still support Luna?

Luna’s WiFi Contract Is A Mess

Idaho lawmakers are pressuring state schools superintendent Tom Luna to rework the terms of a Wi-Fi contract he stubbornly authorized in July, but the larger questions of why this deal was done remain unanswered. Lawmakers were stunned when they learned that Luna was about to commit the state to a multiyear contract with renewal options for up to 15 years, at a potential price tag of $33 million. Many legislators didn’t know about the impending deal until contacted by a Spokesman-Review reporter. About the best that can be said of this mess is that public officials may be reluctant to procure services this way again/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Is there anything left to be said of the way Superintendent Tom Luna handled the contract for Wi-Fi services with campaign donor Education Networks of America?

4 Bidders Beat ENI ‘Winning’ Wi-Fi Bid

The state Education Department received 10 bids for its controversial high school WiFi contract — and four bids were less expensive than the winning bid. Education Networks of America‘s price tag — $2,111,655 for the first year, $10,558,275 over five years — was by no means the most expensive bid for the project. But a Twin Falls company, Tek-Hut Inc., submitted two bids that beat the Nashville, Tenn.-based company on price. Tek-Hut was the low bidder on the project, according to documents obtained by Idaho Education News on Wednesday under the state’s Public Records Act. The Education Department released the “scoring documents” used by the nine-person review committee, which voted unanimously to award the WiFi contract to ENA/Kevin Richert, The EDge, IdahoEd News. More here.

Question: Curiouser & curiouser?

Luna: No Politics In WiFi Contract

Item: School Wi-Fi contract defended: State schools chief: No political influence involved/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Idaho public schools superintendent Tom Luna said Thursday that the now controversial contract for Wi-Fi service in the state's high schools was developed according to the specific directives of the Idaho Legislature. Luna defended the process his department used in structuring the contract and awarding it to Education Networks of America, a Nashville firm. He claims there was no political influence in the selection of ENA. Critics have said the company was chosen because it made financial contributions to election campaigns for Luna and several state lawmakers

Question: Why didn't you believe me when I told you that there was no political influence involved in the 15-year contract awarded by Superintendent Luna to a campaign contributor?

Luna Awards Possible $33.3M Wifi Pact

Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna has awarded a multimillion-dollar wireless contract to Education Networks of America, choosing the Nashville, Tenn. firm to provide WiFi in every Idaho high school for up to the next 15 years; the contract could cost the state up to $33.3 million over that time. “Wireless internet access is a critical component of the 21st century classroom so teachers can integrate the technology they need in the classroom,” Luna said in a statement; you can read his full statement here/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Eye on Boise rdp of Luna wifi contract activity today:

Question: And Idaho lawmakers followed Luna slack-jawed over the cliff when he announced his failed education reforms why?

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