As the superintendent of the Katy Independent School District in metropolitan Houston, Leonard Merrell knows a thing or two about growing pains.

Reportedly the fastest-growing district in all of Texas, Katy adds an additional 3,000 students every school year.

The growth has come with its share of complications, says Merrell. Three years ago, the district's technology infrastructure was near collapse. As new students and families continued pouring into the community year after year, district administrators and teachers struggled to keep the network up to speed. They sought to ensure


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