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Your School Can Support
" Today, each of the three schools in the West Bolivar School District has its own T-1 line and Cisco router and there are switches located throughout each school. However, this has not always been the case. Just a year ago, each school was using a dial-up system to access the Internet, and these connection points were only in offices or libraries - not in the classroom. With the help of the E-rate, NetDay, and our partners, WBSD now has a more sophisticated technology infrastructure.
There were 3 phases that WBSD went through to select the technology infrastructure that best fit our needs.
Along the way, we ran into some technical challenges. We had some old computers and we had to reconfigure them to match the ATM configurations. With help from Apple and Marconi we were able to resolve those issues very quickly. Our engineering partners have shown us how to solve these problems and have been supportive as other technical challenges arise.
Once we had built-out our network, we then had to set-up the tracking system, as required under state law, to keep records on the equipment. This system is an excel document that the District keeps record of and is checked by the State Department when onsite visits occur. This information not only serves auditing purposes, but is also a valuable tool when fundraising for technology as it provides data about the number and kind of resources in the school district.
Because technology is ever changing, it is very important that the person responsible for technology in the district is a reader and researcher. Here are 4 tips that may help others stay in-tune and on top of infrastructure changes:
About the West Bolivar School District
The West Bolivar School District (WBSD) is located in Rosedale, Mississippi, a farming community in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. This small town of 2,507 serves 1,447 children of which ninety-four percent qualify for free and reduced lunches. The WBSD has been part of the NetDay Community Initiatives since the summer of 1999. NetDay chose this school district because of its strong leadership and its commitment to integrating technology into every learning environment.