June 1, 2020

  • After the 64th week of fiber optic network installation, nearly 69 miles of conduit and over 67 miles of fiber have been laid around the district. Conduit installation is complete in seven out of the nine rings and spurs, with the remaining two at or over 90 percent. Fiber installation is complete in five out of nine rings/spurs.

     

Feb. 5, 2020: Commemoration

  • On Feb. 5, at Evergreen Middle School, Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway and School Board Chair Erika Lopez commemorate the first school connection to the City's HiLight fiber optic network. Evergreen is one of eight schools already connected; the remaining HSD facilities will be connected over the next several months.

    Read the accompany article on the district news page.

    View highlights from the event:

Working in the Neighborhoods

  • Worker locating underground conduit
    Photo 1: A worker uses a locator to determine where conduit has been bored.

    Crews clearing a handhole
    Photo 2: Crew members are clearing out a handhole.

    Marking indicating underground utility lines
    Photo 3: Paint markings indicate location and direction of underground utilities.

March 14, 2019: Project Launch

  • Fiber optic network directional boring
    Fiber optic network launch group photo Fiber optic conduit preparation Fiber optic conduit installation

    Top photo: The boring machine drills into the ground to create passage for the fiber conduit.
    Bottom left: Superintendent Mike Scott, Board member Mark Watson and NIS project manager Glenn Sexton check out the boring machine.
    Bottom center: Standing next to a two-ton spool of conduit, Juan explains next steps to Mike Scott and Glenn Sexton.
    Bottom right: Juan connects the conduit to the end of the drill. Next, the drill will run backward to pull the conduit through the underground hole.

    The first directional boring of the City's and District's fiber optic network took place on March 14, 2019, at McKinney Elementary School, and project crews installed the conduit for the fiber optic cable that will be part of the network's backbone.

    To start, a drill bored a long hole underground and surfaced after about 100 feet, then the orange-colored conduit was attached to the end of the drill and pulled back through the hole to the beginning. A second boring machine stood ready to extend the hole further along the route. This sequence will be repeated as the installation of miles of line continues throughout the district over the next year.

    School Board member Mark Watson and Superintendent Mike Scott observed the work and helped commemorate this launch of the network.

    Once the backbone ring is completed around the first block of schools, fiber backbone cable will be spliced to HSD fiber optic lines (already installed). McKinney, along with other schools in the first phase, is expected to go "live" on the fiber network in July 2019. Eventually, all HSD schools and buildings are expected to be connected to the City's network backbone by April 2020.

Milestones

  • JUNE 1, 2020

    Week 64 Production Summary

     

    Conduit
    (ft)

    Hand-
    holes

    Fiber
    (ft)

    Proofing
    (ft)

    Core Ring 

    435 

    Aqua Ring

    2,120 

    4,052 

    Aqua Spur

    120 

    4,668 

    9,765 

    Week 64 Total

    2,775 

    8,720 

    9,765 

     

    Ring Totals to Date

     

    Conduit
    (ft)

    Hand-
    holes

    Fiber
    (ft)

    Proofing
    (ft)

    Blue Ring

    49,049 

    102% 

    55 

    68% 

    53,888 

    101% 

    38,068 

     

    Core Ring

    76,651 

    98% 

    87 

    67% 

    93,197 

    97% 

    50,562 

     

    Yellow Ring

    41,782 

    93% 

    38 

    55% 

    58,136 

    106% 

    53,895 

     

    Brown Ring

    56,182 

    105% 

    53 

    67% 

    62,900 

    101% 

    80,180 

     

    Green Ring

    11,590 

    105% 

    13 

    65% 

    12,764 

    104% 

     

    Aqua Ring

    24,187 

    100% 

    23 

    62% 

    22,756 

    84% 

    20,781 

     

    Blue Spur

    38,841 

    124% 

    23 

    48% 

    17,068 

    37% 

    36,238 

     

    Aqua Spur

    50,263 

    99% 

    24 

    35% 

    19,772 

    34% 

    20,895 

     

    City Ring

    15,422 

    89% 

    17 

    55% 

    15,496 

    79% 

    11,722 

     

    Total

    363,967

    101%

    333

    59%

    355,977

    52%

    312,341

     

     


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  • Feb. 5, 2020: the first school connection was commemorated by School Board Chair Erika Lopez and Mayor Steve Callaway at Evergreen Middle School.

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  • Jan. 31, 2020: blue ring fiber completely placed.

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  • Sept. 20, 2019 - green ring fiber 100% placed.

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  • Aug. 15, 2019: first link between the District and the NWRESD is complete.

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  • July 5, 2019 - over 24 miles of conduit have been laid across the district.

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  • May 31, 2019 - Green ring conduit installation completed (downtown area: Lincoln Street and Eastwood Elementary and Poynter Middle School).

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  • March 14, 2019 - first conduit laid at McKinney Elementary School.

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