Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL, is a private, college preparatory high school. Conducted by the Marist brothers, CCHS has been providing educational excellence since 1958 and currently has an enrollment of approximately 1,400 students and a campus spread out across four main academic buildings on 19 acres.
The Business Challenge
In 2007 Christopher Columbus High School owned both an analog two way paging system and a separate system for scheduling and maintaining their school bells. The paging system was starting to fail in some of the classrooms. The bell system had to be programmed manually by one of the few employees that understood how to use it. In addition, each clock throughout the school had to be synchronized by hand including the two times per year when the time changed due to daylight savings time.
At that time the school was beginning work on a new technology center, and it was time to take a serious look at replacing the old system that was in place. “Since we were in the process of constructing the new Mas Technology Complex we decided to take a look at what would be best for the school as a whole at the time and in the future” explains Elena Alvarez, the Technology Director at Christopher Columbus High School. They were looking for a system that would integrate all of their technology and make use of their existing Cisco phone system, as well as allow them to communicate efficiently throughout the school and across its multiple buildings.