When families go to buy a new home, they’re most often looking for a couple things: Good schools, a safe neighborhood, maybe something that’s near public transportation. And, increasingly and undeniably, access to gigabit internet service.
Cities and towns across the country are beginning to see next generation internet access as a necessity, citing its impact on property values, rents, and overall economic health. …
“It’s not just about broadband internet so you can watch Netflix,” [Patrick Lucey, a municipal fiber researcher at the Open Technology Institute] told me. “It’s about making sure schools and first responders have the bandwidth capabilities they need, it’s about letting businesses take advantage of that speed.”
We received thanks and recognition from the San Leandro Unified School District and Board of Education!
Jim Morrison, Lit San Leandro Chief Executive Officer; Dr. Patrick Kennedy, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, and Mike Kennedy, OSIsoft, received plaques from the Superintendent and Board of Education in recognition of their partnership generous donation to provide SLUSD students with 21st century skills needed for college and career.
Superintendent Mike McLaughlin and the Board of Education honored OSIsoft’s Dr. Patrick Kennedy, his son Mike Kennedy, and Lit San Leandro’s Jim Morrison for their generous donation of over $600,000 to San Leandro Unified School District, and their help in securing a $5 million Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB). The QZAB program provides schools interest free loans that may be used for renovating school buildings, purchasing equipment, and/or developing curricula. “QZAB requires a private ten percent contribution,” said Dr. McLaughlin, who expressed the district’s gratitude to the generosity of OSIsoft and Lit San Leandro who provided the match and spent countless hours in developing a contribution that would best support the students of the district. He also noted that while Dr. Kennedy was abroad, his son Mike stepped in and worked with the district’s IT Department and bond counsel, in order to ensure that the contributions would satisfy the legal requirements.
The QZAB funding will support the technological infrastructure needed for Science, Engineering, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) Academies at San Leandro High School, and Bancroft and Muir Middle Schools, with $1.2 million in modernization at San Leandro High School, $1.5 million at Bancroft, and $652,991 at Muir. Another $1.6 million will support technology needs, such as equipment, servers and switches, and connecting to the fiber optic loop.
It’s fantastic that we got these beautiful awards. The real beneficiaries of connecting the schools to our fiber loop will be the students. Kudos are shared with our community!
Our fair city is nationally recognized for developing our technology- and innovation-based ecosystem, due in large part to our state-of-the-art fiber optic Internet connection–our fiber loop. Last week on October 9, we were visited by U.S. Congressman and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and Congresswoman Barbara Lee to tour the fascinating parts of West Gate (now called The Gate) and give kudos to Pat Kennedy, Mayor Stephen Cassidy, Copper Harbor Company, Type A Machines, and others who are increasingly part of the foundation of our new ecosystem.
There’s little doubt that schools need to be looking at and incorporating teaching methods and content relative to the present and future, instead of engaging in methodology exclusive to the past. That includes changes to the networks and infrastructure connecting schools. When a lesson needs to be shared for class, and hundreds of students in one school need access for each of their lessons at the same time, our aging and often copper-based networks are just not up to the task.
Below is a brief recap from a series by Reinventors Network on Reinventing Education.
There is a through-line to a 21st-century digital version of elementary and high school education, and some of those closest to that future, technologists and entrepreneurs, have a pretty good idea what it will look like.
San Leandro Schools are on the map for big changes. Our children and young adults will be much better prepared for their futures when their learning is enabled by a gigabit network.