(PDF) March 1, 2018 - Over the next several months, many of Caroline's school phone lines will be undergoing a change that will impact current phone numbers, beginning with Preston Elementary.
Because of significant changes to the federal telecommunications E-Rate Reimbursement Program, it has become increasingly cost prohibitive to maintain traditional landlines. In addition, information provided to us indicates that phone companies will eventually discontinue their support of landlines.
Given these circumstances, we are in the process of moving from landlines to a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) system of phones. Each school phone number, regardless of school location, will eventually be changed to a '479' exchange. Schools that currently have a '479' exchange will remain the same.
As this is a lengthy project, families should be sure to monitor all communication methods which include SchoolMessenger phone messages and email, the SchoolWay app, social media, websites, print materials sent home, and print newspaper to stay connected to your child's school.
Milton Nagel, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, stated, "We look forward a smooth and efficient change over at Preston Elementary, followed by the other impacted schools."
As of Friday, March 2, Preston Elementary's new phone number will be 410-479-2897.