2018-01-11 / News

Schools Technology Services Relocating

Construction currently being done at the Perry Innovation Center (PIC). 
Photo by Construction currently being done at the Perry Innovation Center (PIC). Photo by GRAND BLANC — Technology services are bursting at the seams at Grand Blanc Community School’s administration office. Since the Technology Bond passed in 2015, the department has seen an expected expansion of services and equipment.

The original team of only two or three employees handled a much smaller inventory. Not too long ago, there was an average of one device per classroom and a few computer labs. Today, a staff of ten oversees over 10,000 computers and devices, more than 1,000 phones, hundreds of network switches, printers, battery back-up systems, and assorted computer carts.

Those technology employees work from various locations, as the current office in the administration building is smaller than a typical classroom at GBCS, much too small to fit the entire staff and equipment.

In an effort to improve communication, offer much-needed space, and provide better inventory control, the Technology Department will find a new home at the Perry Innovation Center (PIC) in April of 2018. Construction is underway thanks to GBCS Sinking Fund dollars, and the project saw noticeable strides over winter break. The office will occupy a space that was once one side of the PIC gymnasium stage.

District Technology Architect, Herb Wansitler, says the new facility will include workspace for the technology employees, a receiving dock, and a large work room and storage area. The technology staff is excited to join the district's Curriculum team as well as the PIC staff at the new location.

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