Story by David Mekeel
Two years from now, the Reading School District will be a technological hot spot.
At a school board meeting Wednesday night, Jeff Haas, chief information officer, filled the board in on a plan to upgrade wireless capabilities in every school in the district.
The project, which would begin in May, would put new wireless network equipment in every classroom, meaning that wireless technology can be used everywhere.
"Fundamentally, that's the goal: strong, capable wireless everywhere we need it," he said.
The project will be a complex one, Haas said, requiring many buildings to be rewired. It will be done in phases and should be completed in December 2017.
"It's a monumental task," Haas said. "I love big challenges, and this is a big one."
The project will utilize the federal E-Rate program, which reimburses school districts for technology upgrades. Haas said the district will be eligible for reimbursement for 85 percent of the project's $2.4 million cost, putting about $2 million back in the district's pocket.
Dr. Khalid Mumin, superintendent, said the upgrades will allow the district to look at curriculum differently, making the use of the Internet and smartphone applications possible in the classroom.
"I think this is going to move us light years ahead," he said.
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