School startup is the most hectic time of the year. If your technology environment and staff aren’t running on all cylinders, it can be the most frustrating time, too.
Take time now, while there are weeks left in the summer, to plan a route around these typical pitfalls:
- Understaffing. Many school tech teams are stretched too thin and can’t respond to teacher and student IT problems in a timely manner. Your target ratio at startup should be one full-time tech team member for every 1,000 students—you may even need temporary reinforcements to meet the demands of your school startup.
- Low bandwidth. One in five schools in this country doesn’t meet network capacity benchmarks. In fact, according to CoSN, Broadband/Network Capacity has been a top priority for IT leaders for years. Without a strong wireless infrastructure, students and teachers can’t depend on technology to meet critical learning goals.
- No project leadership. Strong project plans and management are critical to making sure startup runs smoothly. Managed IT providers with certified project managers will make sure startup projects and equipment deployments are completed—on time and on budget.
Since 1989, Vartek has helped schools just like yours improve their IT environments. For help bringing your technology to a more effective level, call Vartek at 800.954.2524.