Texas District Expands Relationship with Verizon

Sherman (TX) Independent School District (ISD) has expanded its decade long relationship with Verizon Business.
The technology provider currently is completing the installation of a new voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) platform and is deploying wireless local area networks (LANs) for each school campus to expand the district’s communications capability and reach. New services are provided via the district’s existing high-capacity Ethernet network, which also carries the district’s Internet, data, and voice services.
“The district is converting all locations to voice over IP, and it has been very successful,” said Mignon Plyer, the Sherman school district’s director of technology. “As part of this new system, we can deliver voice mail to teachers – a feature that parents really like. What began as a vendor relationship has developed into a real partnership. Verizon’s professional consultants helped us find solutions to deliver content to students while fully leveraging our investments.”
In addition to the new VoIP and wireless capabilities, Verizon Business expanded the district’s existing Ethernet capabilities, enabling it to use its data network for a wide range of administrative and educational functions, including processing cafeteria transactions, tracking library books, and distance-learning activities in the classroom. The wireless-access points being installed provide students and teachers with greater flexibility by enabling them to access the network, using laptops on district campuses.