Information Technology Department Updates
The Information Technology (IT) Department at Waukee Community School District has been working on upgrading and updating systems throughout the district. With more than 3,000 computers that required operating system updates, and countless other devices that require updates and repairs, the beginning of the school year always proves to be a busy time of year for IT.
The district replaces computers based on the current status, condition and age of the computer. Currently, the district is in the process of replacing more than 320 lab and staff computers.
Recently the district upgraded our web and filter system called LightSpeed. These types of filtering systems allow students to access the Internet while blocking the required sites covered the by CIPA (the Children’s Internet Protection Act). CIPA may be referenced at http://www.fcc.gov/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act. The IT department is continually working on, and tuning the settings for, these systems to best meet the classroom needs of students and staff.
Significant progress has been made in upgrading the main data room. Most of the old infrastructure that was put together in 1997 has been torn down and replaced with a new server and wiring cabinets. The room now holds more 200 devices that control systems throughout the district.
Other ongoing major projects include:
- Major server revisions and upgrades.
- Planning and preparation of new networking and needs for buildings that are due for wireless upgrades, additional network wiring, and UPS installs and upgrades.
- MAP testing through NWEA: NWEA/NTE is focusing on a new version of their student testing software. This system will be web based rather than application based. Working with them on data preparation and software requirements for this change. Also evaluating Internet bandwidth usage and increased requirements for adding more cloud-based services such as this MAP testing upgrade.