Work done over spring break will add more wireless access points at Canal Winchester High School and two other district buildings.

The Canal Winchester Board of Education approved a contract March 18 with Forward Edge near Cincinnati for $48,994 to provide 72 wireless access points at the high school.

Currently, there are 55 wireless access points at the high school, 15 at the Canal Winchester Education Center and 3 at the Canal Winchester Operations Center.

The new wireless system, which already is used in three other schools in the district, will replace the current system in those buildings.

Superintendent Jim Sotlar told the board that the district has experienced some major connectivity issues this year at the high school because more Chromebooks are in use and more courses require the use of laptop computers.

John-Paul Hoffman, the district's technology supervisor, said the new wireless access points work well in the other schools and are capable of handling a "larger load" at the high school.

"This will put an access point in every classroom, where right now, it is about every other classroom with an exception of a couple locations," Hoffman said. "The idea is we are going to saturate the building with access points."

He said the project will add about 16 wireless access points to the new areas of the high school.

"With this change, the district will have one unified management system allowing for more efficient management and support," Hoffman said.

The technology department plans to work on the project over spring break March 25-29 so the system will be ready before state testing begins in April.

Treasurer Nick Roberts said money to pay for the project will come out of the district's capital improvement fund.

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