Parkrose School District

by Jan 12, 2017K-12 Education


In 2011, NIS performed a District-wide technology review for the Parkrose School District. The assessment included a review of the District’s cable and infrastructure, LAN and WAN connectivity, wireless connectivity, and Building Automation System [BAS] components (including video surveillance and recording, and access control systems). The resulting reports set the stage for the design of four new schools (three grade schools, one middle school, and one high school), as well as District-wide technology and security upgrades.

The outcome of this review was a structured cable refresh to include category 6 copper and laser optimized fiber infrastructure at all existing schools, a networked video security system for all schools with PC and iPad access for District staff, and wireless access for the entire District. Additionally, NIS provided an active electronics upgrade. During phase one of the active electronics upgrade project, NIS evaluated the existing network, developed network diagrams, created a hardware requirements list, and worked with the District to procure the necessary hardware through a competitive RFQ process. Phase two included programming and configuring all devices, physical installation and documentation of all equipment, and testing and validation for correct operation.

As a sub consultant to Dull Olson Weekes – IBI Group Architects, Inc. (DOWA), NIS is currently performing technology consulting services and complete documentation (specifications and drawings) for communications technology design. The design work includes cabling infrastructure, access control, and video surveillance for the District’s replacement middle school, replacement high school, and District office. This design and specification work was recently completed for the three grade schools.


"NIS is a passionate team of professionals that we consider more as a partner in our work, than just a vendor. After working with NIS for more than a decade, I would highly recommend their expertise in many areas from network infrastructure and wireless projects to upgrading our Data Center to current standards.  We have hired NIS for various projects and have found that from planning to integrating, their experience and expertise complements our internal staff to deliver high-value services to our school district, every time."

"The background and knowledge they can bring to the table, especially when it comes to working in the field of education with network telecommunications, is far superior to any other consulting company I have worked with."
Karl Grandlund Jr., Beaverton School District 
"NIS is more than a consultant the college hires to assist with various projects. They have become a partner who understands Portland Community College and participates with the best interest of PCC in mind."
"When we started exploring a possible purchase of VoIP systems, we found the process and information to be very overwhelming. We cannot thank you enough for the assistance of NIS, and the work of Mike and Diane, in particular, in helping us navigate these complicated waters."
Janice R. Morgan, Executive Director,  Legal Aid Services of Oregon


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