"If you have 20 students who have cell phones, those cellphones draw on the connectivity of the current system," said
All district high schools will get new access points.
When only four or five students in a classroom of 25 can get on-line at once, it's frustrating, Nesmith said. "Hopefully, this will help."
The schools will get about one access point per two classrooms, said
"It should double the available bandwidth and help with the Internet issues at the schools," Lind said.
The district plans to move the old access points to the junior high and elementary schools.
"That will give the other schools in the district about one access point for every two classrooms as well," he said.
Issues have arisen at all the schools, which must have the Internet for students to complete mandatory testing.
The bid came in under the
"As a state, it is our goal and our responsibility to ensure every child has equal access to the best educational opportunities no matter where they live. To accomplish this, we have to equip every public high school with the advanced technology and tools necessary to create these opportunities," said
Some schools that already had high-speed wireless Internet chose not to participate.
McGrath said other districts may sign up for the state's wireless Internet after this first round is completed.
"One of the really nice things about this is the company is responsible for the upkeep and any updates through the life of the system," Critchfield said. "And the great thing about this is, it does not come out of the school district's general fund. If that would have been the case, it would not have happened because the district does not have the money to put the technology infrastructure into the schools."
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