HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Hasbrouck Heights Superintedent of Schools Dr. Matthew Helfant gave a presentation on the state of the district's technology to the Board members and audience at the February Board of Education meeting on Thursday, February 28 in Kiefer Auditorium.
The ten-plus minute presentation outlined the infrastructure, workings, and functions of the current technology within the district as well as the needs for the district to stay technologically up-to-date and grow. as needed.
He said that the district continues to suport the 1:1 Chromebook Initiatives, providing each student in third through 12th grade a Chromebook for in-class use. The use of G Suite, Google technology products like Google Docs, Google Classroom, and Sheets, means that "teachers can work more effectively with students."
Helfant explained that the district has both an Internet website, for news, information, and documents for parents, and an Intranet, an internal website accesible for staff for human resources information, BOE policies, calendars, crisis manual, and handbook, among other resources.
Both sites sit on network servers, which Helfant said serves as a "central repository for data." The servers host other district functions like email, staff/student accounts, door access information, print/copy management, email notifications from the nurse and teachers, SGOs, and testing scores among other vital district information.
Helfant also noted there is an emergency back up for the district.
"We created two years ago that, if anything goes down in the district from a technology standpoint, we have an emergency mangement center in the district," he explained. "We have a way to still have this district functioning."
Helfant explained that the district's Technology Department, comprised of two fulltime and two parttime employees, are responsible for helping administer the PARCC, now called NJSLA; the lunch program, Naviance, the college/career readiness site; special education data mangement; business office;ciriculum software; benchmark testing; G Suite Google programs; GoMath program; attendance and academic scheduling, and NJ DOE reporting.
"All that requires infrastructure, and the technology department is involved in that process," said Helfant.
The presentation concluded with some items wanted to help support the growing technology demand within the district. These include:
- 40 new network switches (some are 10 years old)
- New fiber optic backbone implementation
- New firewall purchases
- New servers
- New wireless infrastructure equipment upgrades
- New security cameras when the lease is up for renewal in the next year.
Additional details are in the photo of the slide presentation.
Helfant also noted leases for 500+ Chromebooks will come due this summer, and that the district will sell them to the public for $25.
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