Newburgh Enlarged City School District is located at “The Crossroads of the Northeast,” an area on the west bank of the Hudson River 60 miles north of New York City and 80 miles south of Albany. The district includes nine elementary magnet schools grades K-6, three junior high schools grades 7-9, and one high school grades 10-12.
NECSD is comprised of 2,200 staff and 13,000 students spread across 22 buildings. The network infrastructure consists of 4,000 workstations, 75 servers, 200 routers or switches, and 400 wireless access points. Dedicated to supporting the IT infrastructure, Newburgh Enlarged City School District has 7 Micro Computer Repair Technicians, 1 Network Engineer, 2 Educational Technology Liaisons, 16 Educational Technology Teachers, and 2 Voice Specialists.
Schools often need to deploy computers that offer a limited feature set—for example, a computer lab designed for young children, an information kiosk in a library, or an administrative machine that needs to be simplified. Limiting a computer’s functions is an important part of protecting a computer’s purpose. Having fully-functional computers placed in environments where only limited-functionality is required carries the possibility of computers being used by students in a distractive or inappropriate way.
NECSD desperately needed a solution that was easier to manage, flexible, and scalable across the entire district. As a group, the IT staff looked at several commercial software solutions, and ultimately selected Faronics WINSelect for its ease of use, customization strength, and intuitiveness. “We’d been happily using Deep Freeze for a few years,” says Nelson Colon, Educational Technology Liaison for NECSD. “We discovered WINSelect when we visited the Faronics website for Deep Freeze updates, and started browsing through Faronics’ other solutions.”
Faronics WINSelect makes it easy to manage the functionality of computers in public access, kiosk, library, educational, and corporate environments, and empowers IT administrators with enterprise control over a workstation’s system settings. IT can quickly customize a computer’s capabilities by restricting user access to certain applications, websites, program functions, and system options. IT administrators can also dynamically configure systems without the hassle and complexity of Group Policies, and can easily limit the features of third-party programs such as Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. Advanced options include the ability to regulate user activity, and remove functions from within the Windows operating system and installed applications.