BAPS's Technology Department
The vision of our technology team is to make Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) your choice destination for education by creating an infrastructure to support and enhance the capabilities technology provides to students, staff members, and the community. We strive to facilitate learning and creativity through innovative technology, providing students with access to modern state of the art equipment that enhances their ability to succeed in tomorrow’s world, and promote substantial increases in student achievement motivated by interactive technology resources. The IT staff members ensure that every project or task that we engage in supports BAPS in providing superior customer service, support, training, and innovative research and implementation of the needs of all of our student, staff, department, and community stakeholders.
Technology services supports over 19,000 students, over 2,000 district staff and 14,000 devices in a mixed platform environment. Our department serves 31 school and administrative sites. We also support 115 Sq. miles of fiber optic lines and wireless access with roughly 2,000 wireless access points district wide. Our district was also chosen as a national award winner competing against universities, community colleges and K-12 districts for the 2016 Center for Digital Government’s Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Award.
Areas of Primary Focus:
- Technology has implemented innovative strategies to deliver specialized and/or rigorous courses and curricula through our smart board initiative and we are in the process of piloting a fully interactive net book Google classroom.
- Wireless network has been installed in all district classrooms and areas that increase student learning.
- Technology has built our own data center, housing all of our servers and data storage in a secure, self-contained environment.
- Technology has recently implemented Home Access Center (HAC) through Sungard eSchoolPlus, which is an online parent portal and app to monitor and receive communication on student progress and additional resources.
- Technology is on the leading edge in implementing 21st century technology in the building of new schools and the renovations to existing sites.
- Technology has implemented digital instruction and curriculum initiatives that require student access to online testing and research capabilities through the state's largest high school one to one initiative and digital learning platform; Canvas.
- Technology has incorporated Mizuni as its data warehouse manager, allowing for data extracts, communication between district software and the WAVE (Oklahoma’s State Reporting System), and district data analysis capabilities.
We are always partnering with our schools and other departments to meet technology needs. Some of our partnered initiatives include:
- Implemented Home Access Center (HAC) online parent portal and App through Sungard eSchoolPlus
- Implemented states largest high school one to one initiative utilizing Google Chromebooks and Canvas LMS.
- Implemented new web based student management system Sungard eSchoolPlus.
- Implemented almost 2,000 district security cameras at all school site locations.
- Implemented district/city of Broken Arrow shared radio network with emergency 911 capability.
- Implemented new cybersecurity measures for entire district to include endpoint security, new firewalls, new redundant internet circuitry with increased bandwidth, embedded DDoS mitigation services and centralized anti-virus protection.
- Implemented classroom chromebooks for all 4th and 5th grade classrooms.
- Preparing for middle school one to stay implementation with Google Chromebooks and Canvas LMS.
- 90% of all district apps have been moved off premises and moved to a cloud hosted environment.
and many more technology based initiatives…
Technology is most proud of our district data center. The data center is a level 3 structure, meaning it can withstand up to an F4 tornado and beyond and is independently powered by generators in case of a power outage. It has its own fire detection system and dry chemical extinguishing system. It also has its own independent cooling system to maintain a constant temperature to offset the intense heat produced by the hardware. Technology also has a data disaster recovery site housed at Country Lane Intermediate School with 30,000 GB of storage where all district data is replicated as a back up in case of the destruction of the data center at the Performing Arts Center. The data center has been built for the ability to expand to meet the demands of future technology.
Technology Department Staff Contacts:
Technology Helpdesk: 918-258-1585 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for in district support only.
Ben Stout – Chief Technology Officer
Vicki Burkholder – Administrative Assistant to CTO
Ali Shehada - Director of Network Services
Denyl Meneses – Assistant Director of Technology
Debbie Renz - Executive Director of Student Information
Kent Sapp – Network Administrator
Tony Eremita - Technology Project Manager
Student Management System Team:
Rachel Lira - Student Data Management Specialist (SMS)
Elena Creekmore – SMS/State Reporting Coordinator
Elizabeth Youngquist – State Wave Coordinator/SMS Support Specialist
Ariane Jester - SMS Support Specialist
Digital Learning Team:
Brandon Chitty - Lead Digital Learning Integrationist and Developer
Jeremy Bryan - Digital Learning Specialist
Jessica Hendricks - Digital Learning Specialist
Skip Hyde - Chromedesk Teacher
Sarah Galbreath - Chromedesk Teacher
Technology Support Team:
Brian Plested – Business Equipment Technician
Philip Lock – Communication Technician
Steve McMullen – Low Voltage Technician
Darren Waugh – Low Voltage Technician
Site Technology Support Technician's: