In times of fiscal restraint and tight budgets, Vernon Christian School has taken a leap of faith in order to provide its students with new computers and access to cutting-edge technology.
After conducting a needs assessment, the school’s board and the information tecnhology team, headed by VCS’s vice-principal and IT systems administrator Brad Martens, made its formal recommendation to the board.
“The board recognized the need for the school to provide the best learning environment for our students,” said Dennis Huizinga, board chairperson. “And with that standard in mind, a technology upgrade was necessary.”
Consultation was then made with a number of vendors including Apple Canada.
Soon after, 45 new iMac computers were delivered along with interactive white boards and ceiling mounted projectors.
Martens invested most of his summer preparing the network for the upgrades and setting up the computer labs.
“Unpacking new equipment is always fun. It was like an ultimate Christmas morning for any IT person,” said Martens.
“And yes, at times, it was a challenge, but my desire to have it set up for the students and staff the first day back is what kept me going.”