After a unanimous vote Tuesday, the school board approved a
"It certainly meets some of our current needs and demands," Baker said.
Ultimately, the upgrades could pave the way for a one-to-one mobile device program, wherein each student uses a mobile device such as an iPad or Chromebook instead of textbooks.
"There's certainly an expectation and a demand for that wireless technology," Baker said, "so we need to get that installed before we move forward with any one-to-one technology plan."
As the upgrade was not included in the budget for this year, the district will dip into its reserve to fund the upgrade, meaning it will have about
According to the proposal (at right) the district will move to upgrade the network at
The upgrade at Wa-Hi will be extensive, encompassing entirely new networks in the athletics area, parts of the library, the fine arts and commons buildings and the portables. The school also will see current infrastructure brought up to modern standards.
Sharpstein, Prospect Point and Green Park elementary schools currently have no wireless networks and will be the next highest priorities, as well as
Most of the wireless upgrades are to be completed this summer, with remainder finished by March. The only school not in the plan is
In addition to the wireless upgrades, the district has also established a technology task force to examine technology needs and develop plans for the future.
"We needed to have that task force in place because we have so many different goals coming up that involve technology," Baker said, "and there's so much overlap that we didn't just want to have the technology director and superintendent making those decisions. We wanted some input in making those decisions."
The committee is comprised of 13 district teachers and administrators.
In addition to examining current technology needs, the committee will also examine ways to integrate technology into the curriculum.
"Technically, it was set up in an advisory capacity, but there's certainly going to be some legwork and research," Baker said. "It's really all about looking at what we can do -- setting and meeting those goals."
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