As part of the passage of the BVSD 2014 Bond, IT received funds for non-device technology upgrades throughout the district. Improvements to networks, phones, and classroom audio are well underway. These include:Replacement of wired and wireless networks
We are replacing all aging network switches in all closets across the district with the latest technology to ensure long-term network performance and stability.
In addition, we are replacing our wireless network with the latest technology for faster access and better performance.
We are replacing our current on-premise Avaya VoIP phone system with a cloud-based, off-premise VoIP phone system to increase reliability, add features, and simplify maintenance and upgrades.
We will be replacing all classroom and desk phones over the course of the next two years while also adding softphone access for smartphones, Chromebooks, PCs, and Macs.Audio enhancement in every classroom
We are installing new audio enhancement systems in classrooms across the district.
Each classroom will receive a lanyard microphone for teachers and a handheld microphone for students. This will enable them to have their voices heard throughout the classroom.
The projected timeline for completion of this project is two to three years.
Updating UPS and AC equipment in school network closets
During 2016, all schools received at least one new rechargeable battery UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) in each network closet, which provides temporary emergency power to the network during a power outage.
As the bond continues their upgrades, AC (Air Conditioning) units will also be installed as needed in each network closet to keep equipment cool to maintain and extend its useful life.
Upgrade our outdated network firewall
In the summer of 2015, we upgraded our Palo Alto firewall to the most innovative and effective, complete next-generation security platform.
The firewall protects our way of life in the digital age by preventing successful cyberattacks, and filtering out inappropriate K12 content.
As you can see, the taxpayer funded bond has provided BVSD the needed resources to replace end of life/outdated infrastructure while enabling a more inclusive environment with new audio enhancement technology.