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January 24, 2017
The Granbury ISD Technology Department received the Exemplary School Award for excellence in education from Extreme Networks during the monthly school board meeting on January 23, 2017.
“Educators seldom get the credit they deserve,” according to Extreme Networks.  “We feel a responsibility to call attention to the innovative educational leaders who are advancing the state of education in the country.”
The award signifies GISD’s commitment to a personalized a 21st Century learning environment.  The district has invested over $10 million in building a robust infrastructure to support model classrooms and a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative with the ability to grow with increased student needs and educational standards.  Also completed is a fiber optic wide area network to increase bandwidth at all campuses.
Improvements include new standardized technology for every classroom, including interactive and mobile learning devices; classroom audio so that teachers can be heard clearly while presenting instruction; wireless Internet capability enhancements; and network operation improvements.
The investment follows the G2020 strategic plan that established the objective to “have the technology infrastructure required to provide 100% of our learners access to the technology tools necessary to compete in an ever-changing world.”  The plan adopted in May 2013 had the goal to create dynamic classrooms and support Project Based Learning curriculum.
GISD technology staff above are (left to right) network engineer Cary Van Loh, network services manager Mike Cullers, director Amy Wood, and senior network administrator Curtis Starnes.  They are joined at right by (left to right) Extreme Networks education specialist Jerry Yarborough and senior systems engineer Wes Williams along with IK Network Solutions account executive Chris Gonzalez.
Extreme Networks is a provider of network infrastructure equipment and services for enterprises, data centers, and service providers serving customers of all industries and organizations around the globe including businesses, hospitals, schools, hotels, telecommunications companies, and government agencies.
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