The Salado Independent School District plans to expand its wireless network this year, thanks to a donation from one Central Texas bank.

The district received a $10,000 donation from Austin-based Horizon Bank earlier this month.

The money will be used to provide districtwide access to SISD’s wireless network for its staff and students through the purchase of additional access points to provide wireless accessibility in nearly every square foot of its schools.

“We already have wireless capabilities in all of the schools, but it is only available in certain places, about one-half of our total square footage,” said Michael Novotny, Salado’s superintendent. “This money will allow us to use wireless devices from anywhere in the schools.”

Novotny said the wireless networks in the district’s four campuses are becoming increasingly important, as more teachers and students have access to wireless devices like laptop computers and tablets.

“As a district we are getting more wireless devices for our staff and students to use,” Novotny said. “Many of our students are also bringing their own, what you would call BYOD (bring your own device).”

The district serves an estimated 1,356 students in grades kindergarten through 12.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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