Technology FAQ: Community Members

Efficient productivity for staff and students requires a well-organized computer replacement strategy.  The CUSD School Board in 2012 adopted a four year replacement plan mandating the upgrading or replacement of all computers every four years. Click here to read a detailed description of the CUSD Technology Replacement Policy, including links to the CUSD Technology Plan and the current status of replacement of computing devices.  

CUSD has adopted two strategies for replacement of devices: Staggered Replacement Cycle and Single Enterprise-wide Deployment.  The appropriate replacement strategy for district devices is determined based on the device use, purpose, and unique characteristics to ensure that all systems are operating at an efficient level for student and staff use.

CUSD Staggered Replacement Cycle:

  • Replace approximately 25% of computers annually.
  • This strategy is appropriate for CUSD Windows OS and Chrome OS upgrades. 
  • Why this strategy works for these devices:
    • The operating systems on Windows machines can accommodate a variety of computer models across users as well as allow the use of legacy software.
    • Chrome machines update regularly and are internet-based devices.

CUSD Single Enterprise-wide Deployment

  • Replace all machines and storage at one time.
  • Replacement occurs every four years.
  • This strategy is appropriate for CUSD Apple Macintosh operating system and storage.
  • Why this strategy works for these devices:
    • Apple OS upgrades require large amounts of computer memory in order to perform at appropriate speeds and to avoid crashing machines.
    • Apple operating system upgrades vary greatly from former versions and are often required to use current software programs.

The CUSD Technology Replacement Policy was approved in the CUSD Technology Plan for years 2012-2016.  Click here to read the CUSD Technology Replacement Policy.

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