14 Hillsboro Schools Are Now Connected to HiLight's High-Speed Internet Network
Update as of March 2, 2020: The number of HSD schools connected to the HiLight network is now 14.
Students and staff at 14 schools in the Hillsboro School District (HSD) are now connected to the fast and reliable HiLight fiber internet network operated by the City of Hillsboro.
Mayor Steve Callaway and HSD Board Chair Erika Lopez joined students and educators at Evergreen Middle School on Wednesday morning to celebrate the first symbolic connection to the HiLight network.
In addition to Evergreen Middle School and seven other HSD schools that are currently connected to the network, the District expects every school and District facility will be connected to the HiLight network over the next several months.
"This strong partnership between the Hillsboro School District and the City of Hillsboro will help ensure our students and teachers have access to fast and reliable internet service, which is essential to a modern education," Lopez said.
The City's HiLight network will also provide infrastructure for the District's security systems, telephone services, and other communications systems.
“Today, we have begun to connect everyone in our community, starting with those who have the greatest need to access a world of information: our students, and the educators who help shape their understanding of knowledge,” Mayor Callaway said. “We are working together to accomplish something extraordinary. And we are saving money by combining our resources to serve our stakeholders.”
The School District is investing $12.6 million in bond funding in partnership with the City's use of existing funding to support connections to the HiLight network throughout Hillsboro schools.
"By sharing the planning and costs of this project, we have been able to accomplish more as partners than if we created our own, separate networks,” Lopez said. “Our students and educators will have self-sufficient internet access for decades to come, with faster speeds at lower operational costs.”
“Thanks to the 2017 Hillsboro School District Bond, every HSD school will be connected to the HiLight network, and our work at the City will continue on to ensure all families in Hillsboro are connected to the internet,” Mayor Callaway said.