Dougherty County schools are getting a major technology overhaul. board members approved an infrastructure project Wednesday, which is the first step in getting computers in the hands of every student.
School officials are laying down the foundation for several technology initiatives that will impact every student in Dougherty County. And to do that school officials must begin with upgrading their infrastructure.
"The infrastructure consists of everything from our network switches, our servers, as well as our storage devices. It also relates to our firewalls, everything from the perspective that provides the back end for our technology," said IT Director Maurice Ficklin.
School board members approved the $5.5 million infrastructure project during Wednesday's meeting. "This is the first step and we have to really re-work, and this is not an upgrade of our network, it is truly what is called a green deployment, meaning everything is new," Ficklin said.
Board members also approved a bid to add WIFI to school neighborhoods. "That will be based on a wireless network to provide them with access, so some students don't have WIFI at home and so we want to be able to provide WIFI through our DCSS net, a secure environment that meets all the federal requirements for internet protection for students," said Ken Dyer, Director of Finance.
All of this is to help implement a one to one technology initiative next school year, which would do away with textbooks and give each student his or her own device.
"Our children are from a lot of communities, they don't have the proper technology and I think that what the staff has put together to give these children the benefit of the doubt to bring them in to 2014 with technology and I just pray that it works because this is a huge investment," said School Board member Rev. James Bush.
An investment they hope will improve education for every student. School officials are laying down the foundation for several technology initiatives that will impact every student in Dougherty County.
Today school board members also scheduled a called meeting for April 7th where they're expected to vote on a permanent superintendent.