Officials with the Carroll Independent School District held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday to mark near completion of a $1.9 million Wide Area Fiber Optic Network. The network spans almost 22 miles and creates a fiber optic ring with redundant paths of fiber.
“The 168 strands of fiber will provide the district with connectivity for many years to come,” said Darrell Brown, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Services for Carroll ISD. All of the district campuses have 24 strands of fiber. In order to provide for the future of video needs in the instructional setting, two strands of fiber will provide a dedicated link exclusively for video.
Phoenix Installation Services has provided the installation of the fiber and will be providing locating services for the district for the next 10 years. The project was approved by Carroll voters as part of the $138 million bond package in May 2009. The district had been leasing fiber from an independent company. Having district-owned fiber is expected to save CISD a significant amount of money on leasing costs in the operating budget.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was held just prior to the regular monthly Board meeting. It was attended by campus administrators, central office staff, representatives from Phoenix Installation Services and the Carroll ISD Board of Trustees. Phoenix company officials provided a barbeque meal for the group immediately following the ribbon cutting.