Neches FCU donates phones to BISD

Ryan Hebert, Jamie Lejeune, Ryan Deloney, Christopher McCullough, John Heard, Ja

’Tis the season for giving, which is just what Neches Federal Credit Union did. Upon learning that Beaumont Independent School District is short on phones, often using those with significant wear and tear, Neches donated more than 100 Cisco IP phones, or digital Internet protocol phones, to the school district at no cost.

“We are grateful for the donation of IP phones from Neches FCU,” said BISD Director of Information Services Technology Jarod Parnell. “We will immediately use them to replace broken phones without having to spend money on repairs and new phones. This represents a cost savings to the district of more than $20,000, meaning we can stretch our budget that much further to continue to meet the educational technology needs of the district.”

The amount of money BISD is saving is likely much greater, considering these phones retail for $200-$400. When Neches upgraded its phone system several months ago, they had an excess of the same phones BISD uses, both in their offices and classrooms.

“It just made sense to donate the phones to the school instead of trying to resell them on the secondary market,” said John Heard, vice president of Information Systems for Neches FCU. “We were eager to assist with the technology needs of the district.”

Jason Landry, president/CEO of Neches FCU, said part of what makes the credit union unique is it seeks out areas where assistance may be provided. 

“We’re committed to the communities we serve and are grateful that we have a partnership with Beaumont’s school district, giving us the ability to make the connection and donate the equipment,” Landry said.