At midday Monday, Emmett School District technology director Ken Loftus received an unexpected email: workers would be at the high school the next morning installing WiFi.
“I must say, very short notice,” district superintendent Wayne Rush said Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Vallivue High School is waiting for word on when it will receive its state-provided WiFi service. An October target date came and went. The school district paid to set up WiFi hotspots on campus as a short-term fix, while waiting on the state.
The WiFi rollout has also sprung some surprises on the state’s contractor, Education Networks of America. The job of rigging up WiFi in more than 200 high schools and junior high schools — all with different demands and different levels of technological expertise — has been “eye-opening,” said Garry Lough, ENA’s Idaho director of customer services.
ENA is three months into the job; under its contract with the state, the installation must be finished by March 15. ENA has finished work at about 30 schools so far, but Lough still says the company is on pace to meet its deadline.
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