Fremont Public Schools are a Class A district in Nebraska and serve a growing and diverse community from preschool to twelfth grade from seven PK-4 schools, Fremont Middle School, Johnson Crossing Academic Center and Fremont High School. This district covers more than 60 square miles, educates more than 4,700 students and employs 723 staff members.
Students of Fremont Public Schools and their families benefit from the caring and accessibility of a small town combined with the big advantages of technology use.
Brent Cudly, Director of Professional Learning and Federal Programs works with teachers to help utilize technology to enhance education. Cudly said, “One example is the use of Canvas, an online class management system, by Fremont High School teachers. This connects our students to post-secondary education, as most institutions in the region are using Canvas.”
Partnering with Great Plains Communications
Supporting these technology programs is Great Plains Communications, which provides a 2 Gig Managed Ethernet connection to the State of Nebraska, redundant SIP trunks and a dark fiber network connecting Fremont Public Schools.
Jeff Mason, Senior Account Executive at Great Plains Communications, noted, “We’re honored to include Fremont Public Schools among the 80+ schools we serve in Nebraska. Strong education helps build stronger communities.”
Cudly described the importance of having robust Internet service at Fremont Public Schools this way: “It’s critical for our students and staff to have fast and reliable Internet. Students rely on the Internet every day at every level. For instance, by using ‘Skype with a Scientist’ in our classrooms, we’re able to access not only the talents of our schools’ teachers but also input from scientists, authors and other experts in a particular field.”
Going the Extra Mile
In addition to valuing the products/services from Great Plains Communications, Cudly also appreciates our commitment to the customer relationship. He noted, “I’ve been pleased with the attention Great Plains Communications pays to Fremont Public Schools as a customer and as a partner. We have access to high-level support, whether it’s meeting in person to design a fiber build, discussing eRate procedures over the phone or directly communicating with the Great Plains Communications Network Operations Center in case of a service outage.”
He continued, “When problems do arise— this is technology, so it’s going to happen at times—Great Plains Communications is ready and willing to help resolve the problem and look for ways to possibly eliminate it from happening again. What’s more, their employees have always been willing to go the extra mile to help us out, even when the issue involves another vendor.”