(Orlando, FL)-March 7, 2007- Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) selected Education Networks of America (ENA) for a three-year base contract, with two (1) year renewal options, to provide high-speed broadband Internet access for their schools that will help teachers teach and students learn.
Under the contract, all of OCPS´ K-12 schools will receive a managed district-wide network solution from ENA. The solution is uniquely designed to deliver increased service capacity for OCPS´ schools, as well as provide scalability and flexibility to meet current and future technology and network requirements. Students today must master skills that traditional 20th century classroom environments cannot provide. To compete in the 21st century, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to provide fast, reliable and safe Internet access to educational resources on a more global scale. ENA´s networked education solution will provide fundamental infrastructure supporting student achievement.
Orange County Public Schools currently has a full-time enrollment of 175,000 students and the district is growing rapidly. OCPS projects adding as many as 5,500 students and 4 to 10 new school sites per year. It is the 11th largest school system in the country and 4th largest in the state of Florida. OCPS presently has approximately 50,000 computers in its schools that will use ENA´s managed district-wide network to access the Internet.
"We are selecting ENA because, we believe, based on their exemplary K-12 track record, they are the best qualified service provider who competed in our rigorous RFP process. They will be accountable and responsible for end to end connectivity from every one of our sites all the way to the Internet," said Charles T. Thompson, Chief Information Officer for OCPS.
"We are confident that ENA can help us reach our goal of increased Internet service capacity with a high speed network designed to scale to 10 gigabits of connectivity and beyond. This will increase productivity and enhance teaching and learning throughout our schools by giving us a highly scaleable network that is not only capable of securely supporting data, voice and video on a single network but also able to meet the growing needs of our diverse and rapidly expanding student population."
"We are pleased to have Orange County Public Schools as our newest customer," said David Pierce, President and CEO of ENA. "Service is our top priority and our current customers give us very high marks for our work on their behalf. We look forward to working with and serving OCPS over the next five years."
ENA is a leader in ensuring schools have access to the latest advancements in technology. Among other value-added services, ENA has established a relationship with Florida LambdaRail (FLR) to provide Internet2 connectivity for OCPS, further advancing the learning opportunities for OCPS students. ENA´s K-12 focus is unique and dedicated to ensuring OCPS´ schools continue to be leaders in educational technology.
About Education Networks of America(ENA)
ENA is a managed Internet service provider which creates network and technology solutions for school systems, libraries and governments. Since 1995, when ENA built the first statewide network connecting all K-12 schools in Tennessee, the Nashville-based company has established a reputation as a trusted partner in the delivery of safe, reliable, equitable and affordable access to the vast learning resources of the Internet. ENA manages multiple statewide and large school system networks supporting over two million school children, teachers and administrators. For more information about the company, visit www.ena.com
About Orange County Public Schools (OCPS)
Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is the nation´s 11th largest school district with more than 175,000 students. OCPS is the fourth largest school district in the state of Florida. The school district employs more than 25,000 people and is the second largest employer in Orange County, Florida. OCPS has 170 schools, which are divided into six area learning communities. An ongoing aggressive building program will ensure that all district facilities are modernized and accommodate the region´s rapid growth. OCPS reflects the rich cultural diversity of the Central Florida community. The district´s major academic indicators have consistently improved over the past several years.