School systems are under immense pressure to do more with less. Parents and voters insist administrators demonstrate and document continuous improvements in learning outcomes. And students are forced to master advanced technologies at every level, from elementary school to college to the workplace.
Administrators can work toward closing the technology gap for urban schools and stay competitive, but they are often forced to provide substantial evidence that IT investments will generate a return, both in the classroom and the community.
When the Dayton Public School District (DPSD) began its search for an experienced, primary IT partner, Information Systems Committee members knew they needed a more comprehensive approach to technology. Stakeholders would closely scrutinize any investments, and committee members wanted to ensure the technology infrastructure and resources would meet ever-increasing demands.
The urban school district had disparate legacy systems, and needed a partner to lead an all-encompassing review of the environment and develop a long-term technology roadmap to support its strategic vision.
The district needed centralized management by a single IT partner to ensure all systems and services would function together securely and reliably. The partner would be responsible for addressing the IT talent gap, including project management and delivery of comprehensive services from help desk, training, and break/fix maintenance to hosted ERP support, setting software standards, application development, and network monitoring and management.
Before CBTS consultants began assessing the district’s infrastructure to set priorities, they worked with school leaders to define the technology challenges they needed to overcome:
CBTS recommended a holistic, vendor-neutral approach, with specialized assessments to be performed by CBTS and subcontractor consultants for each IT area of expertise. The CBTS project manager orchestrated the assessments and timeline, and from the collected data, CBTS created a technology plan defining current and future infrastructure needs that align with the district’s strategic plan.
By engaging proven, certified experts in each IT discipline, CBTS reined in costs for implementation and ongoing management, dividing work among:
This arrangement gives DPSD access to highly skilled IT talent and industry best practices to help internal IT staff overcome technology challenges so they can focus on supporting the district’s five strategic goals:
Learn more about the CBTS partnership with DPSD here. Discover more about how CBTS delivers state-of-the-art technology for today’s schools and universities to keep up with the ever-increasing demands of students, parents, faculty members, administrators, and community stakeholders. We’re closing the technology gap for urban schools and ready to explore your education system challenges.