At a time districts nationwide are moving toward Internet-ready devices instead of schoolbooks in every classroom, the district's wired and wireless networks often struggle to hold up for the aging laptops and desktops
The upgrade also would allow the district to add security to its slated-to-be-remodeled schools, with electronic key card access, security cameras and other safety measures being considered, Friend said.
"It is a major undertaking," he said, during a presentation to the board last week. "But it's what we need."
Some have broken connection ports or are failing for other reasons. Others still work but are no longer supported or cannot be used with today's technology, Friend said.
Board members did not take action on the project Tuesday, but said they recognize some upgrades cannot wait until the middle/high school building is renovated, a project that could wrap in 2016 if the district's plans remain on track.
While the district's plans call for buying hundreds of new computer devices for students, faculty and staff, many of the school's still-reliable computers, such as iPads and some laptops, would continue to be used in the years to come in Friend's phased plan. Many would go to classrooms currently without devices, he said.
"In five years, you may not be able to buy a paper textbook," Huffman said. "Times have changed."
The district's board did not discuss how the school might pay for the multiyear undertaking.
Friend outlined several options, noting the more than
Tokarsky and Huffman indicated some work could begin as soon as this summer, although that would follow board action at a public meeting.
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