BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — Expanding access to wireless communication is one of several technology upgrades taking place this summer in Maumee City Schools. A team of district technology staff, including Director of Technology Jason Dugan, a network administrator and two information technology specialists, is spending the summer months preparing the buildings for ever-evolving technology projects and initiatives – making networks faster and more efficient. Dugan presented information at the July 10 school board meeting outlining the projects his team plans to roll out this year, including upgrading the wireless Internet at both Fairfield Elementary and Maumee High School; rolling out Illuminate, which is new assessment software; improving the use of technology and offering technology training on demand. This week, technicians were on hand at Fairfield installing additional wireless access points in the ceilings of each classroom. “This will give us more coverage in the buildings and faster speed for wireless Internet,” said network administrator Josh Snyder. “It allows us to be more flexible, too, with our devices. They will work better in every part of the building.” Over the past two years, the team has implemented several major projects, including the installation of a comprehensive camera system with 285 cameras and five storage servers and a phone system with over 400 phones. New sound systems at the high school’s gymnasium and football stadium were implemented and the team oversaw the purchase and distribution of iPads to every high school freshman. New devices were also assigned to students in grades 4-8 and technology was installed in Makerspaces throughout the district. Two years ago, the district also created a technology committee consisting of teachers, principals and administrators with the goal of making decisions that would enhance the district overall, Dugan said. According to District Treasurer Paur Brotski, a total of $700,000 for materials, equipment and supplies has been allocated for technology initiatives over the past two years.
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