2 years of planning, a year of construction, and $4,600,000 in expenditures are complete. The network is fully operational and is already providing superb service to our schools in these very unusual and demanding times. Over 600 teachers video-conference simultaneously on a typical day. We never imagined this scenario when we started the project back […]
The fiber network core is finished. This secure and climate-controlled space contains the electronics that support the network and connect it to the Internet. A dedication ceremony is planned in the near future as our schools open back up.
Our new school will open up on our new network. Both will serve the Vail community for decades to come.
Acacia, Desert Willow, Desert Sky, Mesquite, and Vail Academy were brought online this week, as the finishing pieces on this 3 year, 4 million dollar project are put into place.
While not a school, the District Office is the “engine room” that keeps the ship running. The install was difficult as the building is old, but the fiber crews found a way in and we brought the building online last night.
Continuing the relentless push south to our schools in Corona, fiber crews crossed the Southern Pacific rail lines this week. Unlike the freeway, however…trains can’t be stopped, so the crews had to work quickly when the rails were clear.
Connectivity is now being extended to our schools along Houghton north of I-10. The remainder of Rita Ranch schools should follow next week, along with Vail Academy and High School.
Early Sunday morning while Vail was sleeping, fiber construction crews made the crossing over Interstate 10 to reach our schools to the south. Requiring careful coordination with ADOT and Highway Patrol, traffic was brought to a halt while the fiber was hung and pulled across. Here are some pictures taken as the sun was rising […]
The fiber links to Empire High School and Esmond School were connected on May 5th and 6th, marking our first school connections after 3 years of planning and construction. The new 10 gigabit connection to Empire is 10 times faster than the leased Cox connection it is replacing.
Crews are working the far northeast corner of the District, burying fiber along Rex Molly and Camino Loma Alta back towards Mary Ann Cleveland. Getting across the Pantano will be the next challenge for this crew.