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January 15, 2013

CISD approves tech upgrade

New Data Center, wireless service at high school coming

Corsicana — The Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees took a major step forward in improving technology in the district with its approval of a $776,000 technology upgrade Monday.

Dr. Joe Young, Deputy Superintendent, gave trustees an overview of the plan at the board’s monthly meeting Monday. The project, already in the district’s budget, will provide essentially a complete overhaul of the district’s communication capabilities, with a new Data Center at the heart of the system.

“Our goals are to get technology to students in the classroom and improve student achievement,” Young explained.

The CISD recently upgraded some 375 computers in the district, and the next step approved Monday will be a dramatic improvement of the computer “infrastructure,” he explained.

Infrastructure — including servers, routers, and switches — had not been addressed in several years, he said.

“Just like cellular has gone from 2G to 3G to 4G LTE, so has computing. We have not kept up,” he said.

New servers, data switches, routers, upgraded cabling, and the addition of wireless Internet at Corsicana High School are highlights of the plan. With the district’s eighth graders now using iPads in the classroom, carrying that technology to the high school will now be possible with the wireless project, he said.

“We developed a plan that is sustainable, has a cycle, and is already in the budget,” Young said.

Young explained that the vendor, Cisco, will make use of some existing facilities that are compatible, while replacing older technology with new to bring the full power of the new Data Center to each campus and administration location in the district.

“This allows us to do a huge, huge project immediately,” Young explained, with the five-year lease purchase agreement with Cisco.

Young said the interest costs of the project — about $19,000 — are coming back to the district in the form of a $22,000 discount the district is getting in the package.

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