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Lee's Summit R-7 School District

Lee's Summit R-7 School District

Highlights

  • Top Midwest school district quickly deploys over 1,900 Cisco Meraki devices
  • Reliable, high-density wireless supports Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education
  • Administrators set content filtering policies for different user groups on MX

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, just outside Kansas City, MO, teaches over 18,000 students and employs over 2,000 staff throughout 30+ sites in the district. They’re recognized as one of the top educational systems in the nation and have won Missouri’s Distinction in Performance award. Lee’s Summit R-7 School District uses Cisco Meraki access points, switches, and security appliances to cloud-manage a network throughout the entire school district.


Original Networking Challenges


  • Aging infrastructure with few network management capabilities and little to no visibility
  • Needed a more reliable network that could support growing technology initiatives in the classroom like Google Apps for Education
  • Required a high-density solution to meet the needs of a growing student population


Why Cisco Meraki


  • Cloud-based dashboard provided scalability not found with controller-based solutions
  • Flexible configurations make it simple to quickly create and modify group SSID policies for students, teachers, and guests
  • Email alerts and the Meraki mobile app make network management and troubleshooting simple and accessible from anywhere


The Deployment


  • Over 1,900 Cisco Meraki wireless, security, and switching devices deployed in a single summer
  • One access point placed in every classroom to support high density Chromebook usage
  • Device, time, and role-based SSID policies configured specifically for the unique needs of teachers and students
  • Enhanced security via Active Directory group policies on the Meraki MX security appliance
  • Meraki MS switches enable quick per-port configuration changes through Virtual Stacking
“Our educational technology upgrade could not have been possible without the total infrastructure upgrade that we did with Meraki.” – Dr. Amy Gates, Executive Director of Technology

Results


  • Reliable, high-density wireless supports classroom activities, including Google Apps for Education
  • Flexible security policies ensure that resources are available anytime and are accessible by the right individuals
  • Ongoing Meraki feature enhancements provide a future-proof network
  • A planned move to a 1:1 model in the future