Prentiss County school Internet, websites upgraded

county_prentiss_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

BOONEVILLE – The summer-long project to upgrade every aspect of computer systems for the Prentiss County School District is nearing completion, and 40 new computers will be installed throughout the district to give students improved access to the new network.

New Internet connections for district administration and at each campus website will be supported by a fiberoptic network that takes the district “from a two-lane road to an eight-lane highway,” said Luke Ledbetter, the district’s technology coordinator.

“We have seven sites that have been built from the ground up,” Ledbetter told the school board during its regular meeting Monday.

The board also recognized testing coordinator Brenda Bolen with a certificate of appreciation for her work over the summer securing a $20,736 grant to purchase 40 new computers.

The Appalachian Regional Commission grant, with a $5,184 match from the district, for the district’s technology improvement project will allow 10 computers to be installed in each of four programs: health sciences, business fundamentals and marketing, auto services technology and teacher academy.

One final campus site awaits fiberoptic installation before the new websites go live at www.prentisscountyschools.com, Ledbetter said. Completion is expected in the next few weeks.

The main administrative website will include links for parents to look at student attendance and grades on Active Parent, read news from the district, see calendars and more.

Each school website links to the main district website and also contains school news; a school calendar; capacity for each teacher to have a webpage for homework and other information; and capacity for clubs, organizations and sports teams to have a webpage.

The school board on Monday also approved a Twitter and Facebook presence for the district website only, where one-way outgoing communications would be posted, but which would not accept posts.

Ledbetter thanked the webmasters for each site who have helped develop the project and who will maintain the sites: Danielle King, Marietta; Lori Taylor, Hills Chapel; Chris Butler, New Site; Amy Moore, Jumpertown; Deanna Arnold, Wheeler; Michael Johnson, Thrasher; and Bill Glover, Vo-Tech.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com