The La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) continues to be on the cutting edge as it forays into the realm of “cloud technology,” discussed by the school board members during their Jan. 24 meeting.
Director of Technology and Grants Allen Bordelon gave the board an update on the new technology to trustees Eric Friedrichs, Richard Schier, Mike Jendrusch, John Bilicek, James Barnett, David Watson, Janice Gimbel, and Superintendent Tom Harvey.
According to Bordelon, “cloud computing” is completely virtualized. The technology allows students and faculty to access their personal desktops from anywhere, as long as they are connected to “the cloud.” The thin-client computers used with cloud technology are less expensive and do not have to be replaced, he said.
“It’s a one-time expense and you’re done,” Bordelon said.
According to www.searchnetworking.techtarget.com, a thin client, sometimes called a lean client, is a centrally-managed computer devoid of CD-ROM players, diskette drives, and expansion slots.
La Vernia ISD is one of the first districts in Texas to have its own “private cloud,” said Bordelon, and the district is continuing to spread the technology throughout its campuses.
According to Bordelon, the La Vernia Junior High lab already has been deployed and is identical in capability to the new intermediate lab, and additional thin clients will be deployed throughout the spring. New special-education thin-client deployments will begin in February. New ones currently are being deployed at the high school, in the library as well as classrooms.
During the meeting, trustees approved the district’s annual independent audit, performed by Belt Harris Pechacek, LLLP.
“We had no findings here at the school -- everything came out clean,” said Nathan Krupke of Belt Harris Pechacek. “It was an excellent audit report.”
In other news, the board learned the Wilson County Education Foundation Inc. has donated $5,000 toward scholarships at the high school.
Prior to the meeting, board members and faculty were treated to a special dinner catered by the La Vernia High School Culinary Arts students. The dinner included crumb-crusted top sirloin, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus with hollandaise sauce, a dinner roll, side salad, and molten chocolate cake. The meal was designed to honor the board members for their service, as part of school board appreciation month.
For photos of the dinner, see “Friends & Neighbors,” p.14.