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February 10th, 2012
Press Release: Deer Park School District and Deer Park Public Library collaborate to expand student one-to-one mobile solution capabilities
Deer Park, NY (February 10, 2012). In 2010 the Deer Park School District (“District”), located in Suffolk County, New York, implemented a one-to-one MacBook mobile solution for its fifth-grade classes at JFK Intermediate School (“JFK”). The program was repeated in fall 2011. The Deer Park Public Library (“Library”) is located directly across the street from JFK, providing a nearby workplace for students after school and on weekends.
The District and Library both use Custom Computer Specialists, Inc. (“Custom”), a Hauppauge New York based IT provider, for managed services and on-site technology support. The technology staff at the Library and JFK saw an opportunity to expand the one-to-one program to an additional secure learning environment. The team leveraged security access policies over the network, protecting laptop and network integrity while allowing students to print and have immediate access to databases, research tools and online help centers at the Library.
This enabling environment encourages students to work on their laptops. Gail Pepa, Library Director, is aware of additional benefits. When students log in, they are directed to the Library web page, where they find a number of database resources. “Students are taking advantage of more in the Library,” Gail explained. The experience has made the library a hub for after-hours homework help and group projects.
Andrew Choi, District Technology Director, and Susan Bonner, JFK Principal, look forward to continued success as the program moves forward, which they attribute to a true collaboration between the District, Library and Custom. “At no point since I have been here has anybody said no we can’t make this happen,” Andrew concluded. “It’s been about the students. Giving them what they need.”
For more details, see the Case Study at www.customonline.com/pdfs/DP%20Case%20Study.pdf.
ABOUT DEER PARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Deer Park Union Free School District enrolls approximately 4,500 students in the District’s six schools. More than 750 employees, including 425 teachers, work for the District. The mission of the District, in conjunction with the community, is to provide every student exemplary programs of study within a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. It is our vision that our students will achieve world class skills that will empower them to be highly competitive, successful, thoughtful, productive citizens in our global community.
ABOUT DEER PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Deer Park Public Library has served the residents of the Deer Park School District since 1966. It is the mission of the Library to enable access to the universe of informational, educational, cultural and recreational materials and services in all formats and technologies. The Library dedicates itself to being responsive to the changing needs of our community.
ABOUT CUSTOM COMPUTER SPECIALISTS, INC.
Since 1979 Custom Computer Specialists, Inc. has been partnering with school districts throughout the Northeast to maximize student achievement through the effective deployment of technology. Blending a consultative support model and select vendor partnerships, Custom provides the K12 market with expert services and innovative products.