• The Information Services Harlandale @2021 is a ten-year technology infrastructure & services plan composed of two phases:

    Phase One
     (2012-2016) accomplishments:

    • designed, created and migrated the District to a unified enterprise network platform (Microsoft) scaled to properly, securely and productively support 17,000 + users
    • established and maintained the first of two five-year cycles for replacement of PC workstations across all campuses
    • embedded a secondary platform within the unified enterprise network (Apple) to address improved delivery of digital materials to support differentiated learning (iOS) and various career pathways (OSX)
    • replaced the District's copper-based infrastructure with a dark fiber backbone to better support broadband access to the Internet and to increase the overall speed of delivering services over the unified enterprise network
    • upgraded the routers, switches & cabling in every MDF/IDF, District-wide to improve the delivery of services to the campuses
    • expanded and upgraded the District's wireless segment of the enterprise network to improve support of mobile-based instruction
    • acquired and installed an enterprise-size back-up power generator for emergency fail-over
    • established a technology internship program with Palo Alto College to provide hands-on training for future technology careers in the community
    • created the basic digital classroom hardware kit including workstation/projector/document camera/interactive whiteboard
    • created and implemented the computer replacement plan (CP) to ensure a steady stream of up-to-date workstations, laptops and devices into the classroom
    • created a subsidiary domain "myhisd.net" to provide a separate focused online learning environment, a Learning Management System for teachers & students (powered by various engines including: Moodle, Gaggle and currently Google G Suite)
    • made the STEM Early College High School, tech-ready
    • introduced Voice over IP telecommunication District-wide and prepared it to integrate with other segments of the District's enterprise network
    • introduced and integrated the Skype/Lync unified communications platform into the District's enterprise network to improve communications and collaboration within the District
    • created the TECHstore to speed-up the acquisition and delivery of digital tools to the classroom
    • audited and restructured telecommunication services to realize a 50% reduction in the District's monthly charges
    • adopted the Consortium for School Networking's (CoSN) principles for establishing & maintaining a more secure and trusted digital learning environment


    Phase Two
     (2017-2021) accomplishments, so far:

    • created and implemented a document digitizing and archiving system moving the District towards a paperless environment
    • designed & installed new digital live mass notification systems at each campus to upgrade PA, Intercom and Bell Scheduling along with introducing wireless clocks and integration with the District's existing Voice over IP telecommunications system to improve the flow of information and to make the campus environment more secure
    • upgraded the District-wide Visitor Management System and further leveraged the District's investment by extending it's ability to assist with tracking tardiness
    • designed and implemented an enterprise-level digital asset inventory system to better provide for accountability and tracking
    • made two new elementary campuses (Carroll Bell & Vestal), tech-ready
    • completed a makeover of the District's DataCenter, the hub of our enterprise network to provide more effective cooling ensuring against downtime failure and making more productive use of the existing space
    • integrated the Microsoft Cloud platform, office365, into the District's infrastructure
    • established a Single-Sign-On (SSO) system to provide a launching point for student and staff services and to serve as the District intranet
    • integrated the District's time and attendance system with the District's adsence management/substitute finder system
    • established compliance with Texas PreK-12 Cybersecurity Policy (SB820)
    • established and completed the first year of State mandatory Security Awareness Training (HB3834)
    • established the first-step (bus/external campus WiFi) of the District's network outreach to student homes
    • established and maintained on online student registration system


     

    The last year of this 10-year plan is dedicated to closing out the second five-year PC workstation replacement cycle, migrating to a new e-mail/messaging platform, establishing a new set of physical and virtual classroom tools, and taking the second-step in the District's network outreach to student homes.