The Levelland ISD Board of Trustees met in a special meeting Thursday afternoon. They took action to purchase a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to replace desktops in the Elementary, Intermediate and High School labs as all of the desktops have reached their 7 year life cycle. The money for this project was budgeted for in the bond issue. According to the Technology Director for LISD Mike Sapia, purchasing the Virtual system now is possible thanks to a recent upgrade to the internet infastructure which connects all of the campuses to the data center for the district. The virtual system will use servers in the data center to process information and up to 350 users can be online with their thin client desktop at one time.
The estimated cost for the virtual system come in at $102,832 for the purchase, installation, configuration and training. Their will be an additional cost for continued maintenance renewals on the servers and computers is estimated at $17,000. The computers for this system will have a longer lifespan than the previous desktops and will be more cost effective for the district.