The Zachary Community School Board has built a new data center to house all of the district’s technology resources. From this data center, the district has run 48 strands of high grade single mode fiber to each of the schools.
With the completion of the school board's approved fiber project, all of the schools in the Zachary Community School System are now linked by fiber optics, giving it one of the most technologically advanced communications networks of any school system in Louisiana.
Fiber optics give Zachary schools video, voice, and data communications that place the schools on the cutting edge of technology.
Former Zachary Schools Supt. Warren Drake says it is all part of the school board’s plan to make Zachary schools the best in every area. “Our board is committed to a vision of excellence in academics, technology, athletics, and every other aspect of creating a great school system.”
A school system already chosen No. 1 in the state by the Louisiana Department of Education, Zachary will have the chance to widen its lead. Uses of the fiber optic system will include video streaming, video conferencing, and distance education courses, as well as transmission of massive quantities of data.
The fiber optics system replaced a BellSouth frame relay system, resulting in speeds up to 670 times faster. The fiber optics system was installed at a cost of $368,000 and should pay for itself in about five years, while providing far greater capacity. The fiber optic system came online in May of 2007 .
The Zachary Community School District currently houses a Windows Network and utilizes Novell ZenWorks to facilitate the greatest efficiency in application management and deployment.
There is currently a 100 Mbps Metro Ethernet connection to the Internet.