The school board previously approved spending
Charles Poovakan, director of information technology for Burbank Unified, said the district does not have the proper cooling system for the equipment. The proposal would include purchasing a new, up-to-date cooling system and adding one more rack of network and computer equipment to the existing four racks.
The parking lot and restrooms in the data center are not
While Poovakan said the district could meet the
His latest proposal also includes upgrading and expanding the number of workstations and improving the mechanical and electrical systems.
All school board members supported paying the additional cost.
"You have the most inefficient space for our people to work that I have ever seen," he added. "It's appalling."
While he backed the improvement costs, school board member
There are currently 3,000 computers in the district, and educators expect that amount to only increase, considering that state officials now require students to take standardized exams on computers.
With more technology infiltrating the schools, Poovakan and others cited a greater need for servicing and maintaining the equipment, in addition to more efficiently running the dozens of servers used across the district's 20 schools.
"We are planning for what we need now, but [also] for the ability to expand later on if we need to," Poovakan said.
School officials are still uncertain if they will pay for all
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