B is for Bandwidth

Blazing, brisk, breakneck, blistering–these words now describe Penn Manor’s Internet connection. The district just completed the installation of a new high speed network circuit that provides up to 1 Gigabit of Internet bandwidth. With 10 times more speed than before, the new circuit will help students and staff reach the online resources they need, without a wait.

Internet service is supplied by the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER), a state-wide organization devoted to fostering collaboration through technology for education, research, healthcare, libraries, workforce development, government, and economic development. KINBER built and manages the 1,800-mile Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, known as PennREN. Dozes of Pennsylvania colleges and universities, as well as all 14 PA State System of Higher Education Universities are connected via PennREN.

PennRen LogoPenn Manor High School’s new network connection transverses Millersville University‘s campus to reach the PennREN interconnection. The circuit travels along fiber cabling originally installed 15 years ago as part of a technology partnership between Penn Manor and MU.

Before the upgrade, total district Internet bandwidth was limited to 100Mbs, which is roughly three times that of an average home cable modem connection. As district technology programs expanded, the old connection was simply incapable of handling the instructional and operational needs of 5200 students and 700 staff. A tenfold increase in network speed provides a much needed boost for instructional video and other bandwidth intensive web services.

We’re thrilled to partner with KINBER, and I’m exited about the new learning opportunities available via high speed connectivity and bountiful bandwidth!



Join the Penn Manor IT Team

We are seeking a department program assistant and a school tech support specialist.

Program Assistant
You will provide administrative, clerical, and customer service support to ensure the effective day-to-day operation of the IT department. Duties include phone assistance, digital record keeping, 1:1 laptop program and child registration clerical support, scheduling, ordering, and general office functions. You’ll support our department with strong organizational skills, diplomacy, and the confidence to manage a variety of tasks and assignments.

A high school diploma is required and secretarial experience is preferred, especially in a school or technology setting. You’ll work with the internal IT team, as well as students, teachers and parents. Excellent customer service abilities, superior communication skills and a self-driven work ethic are essential.

This full-time position is based in the district office and will report to the IT Director. The starting salary is 32K.
Job description: Tech Program Assistant.

Support Specialist
As a building technology support specialist, staff and students will rely on you for friendly help and assistance. You will install, maintain and troubleshoot hardware and software in a complex, multi-platform, mixed-vendor academic setting. Penn Manor’s learning technology mix is 25% Mac, 50% Linux (Ubuntu) and 25% Windows. Automation is crucial to our work. We regularly use Puppet, Casper, and Windows Deployment Services to help our small team manage a huge number of classroom devices.

Excellent customer service abilities, superior communication skills and a self-driven work ethic are essential. A degree in a related field, 2 to 3 years Mac, Linux and Windows support experience, and a desire to create exceptional classroom support experiences are required.

This full-time position will support district elementary schools. The starting salary is 41K, commensurate with relevant experience.
Job description: Technology Support Specialist.

To apply: Email a PDF cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Charlie Reisinger, Technology Director, Penn Manor School District: charlie@pennmanor.net. Be sure to include the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Serious applicants should review our guiding principles to better understand our team values and expectations.

Application deadline for all position: April 7, 2015.

MikroTik RouterOS Training Class

Penn Manor engineers are moving to MikroTik routers as part of a district network equipment upgrade. MikroTik RouterOS is packed with powerful features and the equipment is significantly less expensive than similar routers from Cisco. To help accelerate our learning we are excited to host a public MikroTik Certified Network Associate (MTCNA) training course at Penn Manor School District in March.

The two-day router training course will cover MikroTik official certification material. Students will obtain an understanding of MikroTik RouterOS, and learn skills that can be applied to current networks and projects. The course includes labs where students configure RouterOS and build networks. At the end of the class students will have the chance to take the Official MTCNA test provided by MikroTik.

The course is scheduled for March 30th and 31st at Penn Manor School District’s Hambright Elementary School Training Room,
3000 Charlestown Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603. We are located approximately 90 minutes north of Baltimore and 90 minutes west of Philadelphia.

For more information and to register, please visit the MikroTik Lancaster course site.