School Connectivity Project construction nears 50-mile mark

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:45am

Project expected to be completed in Spring 2020

Construction of the main backbone for a new fiber network for the Five Star School District is more than halfway complete and on schedule for a Spring 2020 completion. 

Construction work on the district’s School Connectivity Project - a new district-wide dark fiber network identified as part of the 2016 Bond Program - began in August 2018. Dark fiber refers to a network where the district has control over the capacity and use of the network. The network being constructed by the district includes unused capacity to provide for future growth. 

After initial work to build new lateral fiber connections for each district school and facility, the majority of work in 2019 has focused on the construction of the 85.3-mile network backbone in the public right-of-way across the district’s five communities, which will interconnect all schools and facilities. 

While that work continues, the final phase of work - the actual installation of fiber-optic cable - is expected to begin in November and is tentatively scheduled to be completed in May 2020. Construction company Henkels & McCoy is handling the network construction. 

The network, which is expected to cost about $20 million, is being designed with redundant features that will prevent schools and facilities from losing service even in the event of a fiber cut or outage. The network will support all district connectivity needs including Internet access, connections to education systems, online assessments, data systems/servers, the phone system, and security and control systems.

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