The school year began with a problem as obtrusive as the beige metal cabinets that carried it: the new Wi-Fi system was unreliable, hindering instruction as teachers wasted time each day troubleshooting their classes’ computers.
In the summer of 2011, the district spent roughly $50,000 installing a new, more seamless wireless network to replace the old system, which was made up of stand-alone networks in each classroom more suited to household use. Now after a year of modifications, the new network appears to finally be running smoothly.
“It has been flawless,” says English teacher Barbara Steinberg, who frequently uses Wi-Fi with her students. “Since they’ve fixed it, I’ve had no problems.”