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Summer Updates 2017

Upgraded Internet Connection

McDowell County Schools Bandwidth Graph
On May 26th, 2017 we meet the requirements for to upgrade our internet connection from 1 Gbps to 2 Gbps. To get the full 2 Gbps, the following equipment needs/needed to be upgraded


Cisco ASA 5555

List Price $18,000

MCS Cost: $0



Cisco ASR 1001-X

List Price: $17,000
MCS Cost: $0


  Lightspeed with New Hardware Lightspeed Cloud Zscaler
Hardware Cost $17,000 $0 $0
Software Cost $19,200 $19,200 $0
Total Too Much Too Much Just Right
Sometime in the fall (before Dec 20th), we will switch over to Zscaler.

Upgraded Network Hardware

Project Cost $257,860.43
MCS Cost: $0
McDowell High School
Alternative Education Center
East McDowell Middle School
West McDowell Middle School

Future Upgrades to Network Hardware

Project Cost: $458,968.80
MCS Cost: $0
All the elementary schools.  This will include all new switches.  All schools will get access points, but it may not be enough to swap every AP.

Elementary Technology Assistant Curriculum

Digital Citizenship
G Suite

Digital Learning Competencies

On June 1, 2017, the Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers and for Administrators were approved by the State Board of Education (SBE) as part of licensure renewal requirements per G.S.115C-296(b)(1)c. This policy for Licensure Renewal (LICN-005) includes the requirement of two Digital Learning Competency CEUs and will go into effect for teachers and for administrators with licenses expiring on or after June 30, 2019.

Media Coordinators

The philosophy of McDowell County Schools' Media is to provide instructional resources, print and non-print, which will best prepare students for a meaningful and productive place in society. 
NCSLMA Conference: Oct 4th-6th
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