Texas School District Approves Private LTE Wireless Service Project


(TNS) – Students at Plainview who do not have internet access at home will soon have an alternative.

In a regular meeting Thursday night, the Plainview ISD school board voted to approve building a private LTE wireless service around the school district.

The project was first presented to the board in August and officially presented by Superintendent HT Sanchez and Brent Richburg, the district’s chief technology officer.

Richburg – who was busy during the meeting as most focused on tech-buying conversations – and Sanchez said the project would give students without internet access at home the ability to connect to the dedicated wireless service at the school. school via a series of data towers.

The towers will be built at five different locations in the school district. Plainview High School and Coronado Middle School will each have three towers built around these locations. Two will be built around the PISD technology tower and the new Seth Ward Water District tower and one will go to the new Thunderbird Elementary site.

Sanchez said the tower locations were chosen based on the density of the student body. The network will be exclusive to PISD, with students and faculty needing their school’s login credentials to access it.

The total cost of the project is expected to be around $ 1.1 million with Netsync Network Solution. Funding for the project will come from local funds, including Emergency Relief Fund for Elementary and Secondary Schools (ESSER) II and COVID Relief Funds.

Each of the turns will have a radius of approximately 3/4 of a mile. Sanchez urged the board to approve the project, saying there is no point in the district giving students the technology to improve their education if many of them cannot use it outside of the school. school.

The council voted 7-0 to approve the project. Veronica Salazar was absent from the meeting.

The board also approved a number of technology purchases, including 570 mini-computers ($ 433,200), 50 Microsoft Surface laptops for faculty and staff ($ 70,000), interactive flat screens for classrooms. class ($ 1,204,100 for 350 tables) and iPad 350 ($ 120,330).

The budget also included the approval of a new facility rental manual for the school’s sports and meeting areas. These were brought to the board because of new facilities being built (the new middle and elementary schools), being redeveloped (the softball field), or those that will soon be built in the very near future (the new baseball field behind Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog Stadium).

For-profit and non-profit entities charge different rental prices. For example, a for-profit entity wishing to lease the football stadium would pay a fee of $ 2,000 with lighting and $ 1,500 without. For non-profit organizations, these figures are respectively $ 1,500 and $ 1,000.

Rental contracts also involve security provided by the PISD Police Department, as well as tariffs for on-call services.

Students who participate in 4-H events can now be counted as attending school. PISD board members voted to approve an agreement with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services for Hale County. Previously, students were given an excused absence for missing school. From now on, these students will be credited as being in school as they will be considered educational events, similar to the school’s FFA organization.

The board also approved a student’s request to replace his physical education class with classes outside the Lone Star Ballet Company. Sanchez noted that it’s unusual for a student to ask for it, but it’s not something the district discourages or limits, it’s just rare for a student to choose this route.

Underwood Legal Services has been approved to handle the redistribution for PISD. The redistribution has an impact on the areas represented by the seven members of the board of directors and is carried out after each census, the most recent of which was completed this year.

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