Tulia Independent School District

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District Technology

Tulia ISD currently utilizes fiber (district owned and leased) to connect all campuses, administrative, and maintenance buildings.  This allows us to maintain gigabit connectivity district wide, which is managed from the main technology office.  At the technology office we prioritize all internet traffic using a layer 7 switch, separate traffic into VLANS by campus, and filter all traffic from connected devices (on network and remotely) to ensure efficient use of our 500MB (up/down) internet connection speed and ensure CIPA compliance.  Each campus is equipped with gigabit POE switches in every wiring closet, and wireless access points forming a wireless mesh network to blanket every campus.  Each campus also has a VoIP expander allowing IP telephony in every classroom and office.  Across the district we maintain computer labs for student use running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, and computers or laptops for staff running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. Most classrooms also have a Smart interactive whiteboard with a dedicated computer running either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.   For security purposes we utilize RFID doorlocks, and security cameras (which record to a dedicated server) throughout the district.
 
We utilize physical and virtual servers running primarily Server 2012R2 and 2008R2 for Active Directory authentication, file storage, DNS, DHCP, and other specialized services.  These servers are backed up in real time using DFS, and then backed up weekly for disaster recovery purposes.  
 
Our 1-to-1 program currently consists of Windows 10 netbooks for each student grades 7-12, and managed Chromebooks for each student grades 3-6.  For PreK-2nd we have 1 teacher iPad and 4 iPad minis per classroom, and 5 chromebooks per 2nd grade classroom.  
 
We also use the entire G Suite for Education, which gives all students and staff unlimited cloud storage, e-mail, easy collaboration on projects, calendars, forms, and the ability to create personal websites.