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
Photo 1: A worker uses a locator to determine where conduit has been bored.
Photo 2: Crew members are clearing out a handhole.
Photo 3: Paint markings indicate location and direction of underground utilities.
March 14, 2019: Project Launch
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.
JUNE 1, 2020
Week 64 Production Summary
Week 64 Total
Ring Totals to Date
Feb. 5, 2020: the first school connection was commemorated by School Board Chair Erika Lopez and Mayor Steve Callaway at Evergreen Middle School.
Jan. 31, 2020: blue ring fiber completely placed.
Sept. 20, 2019 - green ring fiber 100% placed.
Aug. 15, 2019: first link between the District and the NWRESD is complete.
July 5, 2019 - over 24 miles of conduit have been laid across the district.
May 31, 2019 - Green ring conduit installation completed (downtown area: Lincoln Street and Eastwood Elementary and Poynter Middle School).
March 14, 2019 - first conduit laid at McKinney Elementary School.