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CASE DESCRIPTION

Outer Shores School District is an urban school district with approximately 2,730 students and 930 staff (Approx. 430 teachers, and Approx. 500 support staff). The district is comprised of six buildings - 3 elementary, 1 middle and 1 high school. The administration building is located at the center of the school district.

Maple Street Elementary - K-5 building with approximately 510 students - 3 miles west of high school

Market Street Elementary - K-5 building with approximately 520 students - 2 miles east of high school

Main Street Elementary - K-5 building with approximately 530 students - 3 miles south of high school

Middle School - 6-8 building with approximately 730 students - 1 mile north of high school

High School - 9-12 building with approximately 960 students

Administration - Administration Building with approximately 90 administrators. (Updated last year.)

Currently, the district has the following technology:

Elementary Schools:

Approx per building: Students - 500, Teachers - 30, Building Staff/Admin - 18, Classrooms - 30, Offices - 5

The building is a basic 2 floor building. The 1st floor contains - Grades K-2 classrooms, offices, all purpose room, and some special classrooms. The 2nd Floor contains - Grades 3-5 classrooms, library, and some additional special classrooms.

Building Network: Each school has a local area Novell network using 10BaseT hubs. There are 4 drops of Cat5 cabling and one fiber drop in each classroom. The classrooms are connected to the Novell server.

District Connection: The elementary schools are not part of the district wide-area network and; therefore, the teachers do not have access to email or the Internet.

Computers/Equipment:

* Computers - There are 5 computers in each classroom - mostly outdated, PC 386 machines and several Apple IIe's. The PCs run some essential math and reading curriculum software, but the software cannot be updated because the machines cannot run the newer software. The students have four of the 386 machines in each classroom and the remaining PC serves as the teacher workstation. The Apple machines ran educational software that is no longer used since the computers can no longer be serviced. The remaining Apple computers are used for basic word processing. Each building principal, secretary, guidance counselor, and nurse also have a 386 machine.

* Printers - There is an old Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 4Plus printer on each floor. This printer is shared from a teacher workstation and is available for all stations to print to in a centralized location.

Other: Desktop security is only a minor issue in the elementary schools.

Middle:

Approx per building: Students - 730, Teachers - 55, Building Staff/Admin - 35, Classrooms - 55, Offices - 5

The building is a basic 2 floor building. The 1st floor contains - Grade 6 classrooms, offices, cafeteria, auditorium, gymnasium and some special classrooms. The 2nd Floor contains - Grades 7-8 classrooms, library, and some additional special classrooms.

Building Network: The school has a local area Novell network using 10BaseT hubs. There are 4 drops of Cat5 cabling and one fiber drop in each classroom.

District Connection: This building is connected to the high school building via a fiber line (24 strands) that the district owns. The teachers at the middle and high school buildings have email and Internet capabilities.

Computers/Equipment:

* Computers - Each teacher and staff member has a 486 machine (about one-half of these run Windows 95 and the others still run Windows 3.1) with a 10MB Ethernet nic card and cd-rom drive.

* Printers - There are 2 LaserJet 4Plus printers on each floor that are shared for staff.

* Computer labs - There are 2 computer labs available for classes to use. These labs contain older 386 machines running Windows 95. Each lab has its own printer, but the machines are not set up for Internet access

* Library - The library has cable drops, but no networked computers.

Other: Desktop security is an issue in this school.

High School

Approx per building: Students - 960, Teachers/Aides - 75, Building Staff - 45, Classrooms - 75, Offices - 10

The building is a basic 2 floor building. The 1st floor contains - Grade 9 classrooms, offices, cafeteria, auditorium, gymnasium and some special classrooms. The 2nd Floor contains - Grades 10-12 classrooms, library, and some additional special classrooms.

Building Network: As in the other buildings, there are 5 cable drops in each classroom (four Cat5 and one fiber).

10baseT hubs are being used to connect computers to the closets.

District Connection: From this building, a T1 line runs to the district's ISP, so the teachers and staff have email and Internet access. This building is connected to the Middle School with 24 strand fiber optic cable owned by the district.

Computers/Equipment:

* Computers - Each teacher has a 486 machine (about Ñ* running Windows 95, the rest run Windows 3.1) with a 10MB Ethernet NIC and

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