Technology Status

Technology Georgetown County School District (GCSD) consists of 19 schools and 1 administrative site. Each site has a Local Area Network (LAN). All sites are connected to the district offices via 100 Mbps Cisco Ethernet connections over a Time Warner business services infrastructure. The district also has a 30 Mbps connection to the South Carolina Information Network through which we receive our Internet access.

The IT Department maintains and operates the district's file, print and application servers and web services in the main server room at the J. B. Beck Administration and Education Center. The district utilizes Symantec's Backup Exec software to insure reliable data recoveries in the event of system failures. Microsoft's Exchange 2010 serves as the district's email system for both intranet and internet email needs. The primary address for the GCSD homepage is . Internet access is available at all district sites, with the WebSense V10000 security software suite being used for Internet content filtering and protocol filtering. Forefront Online Protection for Exchange is utilized for email filtering based on SPAM, Content and virus protection.

The district has 96 Windows 2008R2/2003R2 servers on the district's data network. There are approximately 5,000 desktop & laptop computers located throughout the district for student and faculty use. Each school site has at a minimum, one computer lab with 25 stations for computer-aided instruction. All nine elementary, the four middle schools and the intermediate school have access to the Success Maker Enterprise system for computer instruction with the four high schools accessing NovaNET for this instruction technology.

The technology upgrades included in the building program enabled the district to place an integrated communication system (ICS) in each school. This ICS system puts all communication and multimedia control and monitoring functions together into a master system giving complete and immediate access to all facility resources from every classroom. The computer network infrastructure upgrade provided 6 data outlets in every classroom, 32 data outlets in labs, and 1 or more data outlets in every workspace or special area as indicated by the architectural drawing. Each data communication closet is connected via fiber optic cable to the LAN's backbone. The communication closets handle data utilizing Cisco switches. The majority of the district's data drops are 100/1000 MHz capable with 1000 MHZ backbone connectivity to all closets.

The district has implemented a new financial and human resource management software system, the Accounting+Plus Software Suite, from CSI Technology Outfitters, based in Easley, SC. This system can be described as an Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP). A widely used definition for an ERP system is as follows: a system that integrates (or attempts to integrate) all data and processes of an organization into a single unified system. A typical ERP system will use multiple components of computer software and hardware to achieve the integration. A key ingredient of most ERP systems is the use of a single, unified database to store data for the various system modules.

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