Client: Raymore-Peculiar School District
Best Buy ® partners with Raymore-Peculiar School District To Deploy A Turnkey Chromebook Solution
Located 20 minutes south of Kansas City, Raymore-Peculiar School District enrolls over 6,000 students in its K-12 schools. Their stated vision is "Turning Today's Learners into Tomorrow's Leaders," and part of that vision includes a digital transformation process designed to increase the use of technology in their schools.
In 2014, Raymore-Peculiar began a BYOD pilot program in select classrooms, and quickly realized they wanted to expand the initiative to include more students and provide devices for in-class use to supplement the program. Rapid deployment was essential.
Ryan Gooding, Director of Technology for Raymore-Peculiar worked with Best Buy Strategic Account Manager, Josh Brown, to formulate a plan. Josh, a former graduate of Ray-Pec High School, was happy to step up to the challenge and looked forward to devoting his best efforts to advancing technology opportunities for students in the community. He knew that Raymore-Peculiar needed a turnkey solution that could be rolled out as quickly as possible.
-Ryan Gooding, Director of Technology Raymore-Peculiar School District, Peculiar, MO
Josh and Ryan agreed that Chromebooks would fit the bill, and in June of 2014, the school board approved an initial bid for 600 Samsung XE303 Chromebooks along with the Google Device Management Console, Chrome Complete Service and Asset Tagging.
Best Buy® enlisted its Geek Squad® team to set up and load the Chrome Management console on every device, update the Chrome OS and tag and enroll each device on the school's EDU domain. The combination of the right devices and services that fit the school's budget was key to the project's success. The Chromebooks were delivered ready for immediate deployment.
The Ongoing Relationship
Ryan was happy with the solution, as it enabled the district to put new technology into students' hands quickly and efficiently. The Geek Squad® pre-deployment services and Josh's advice and guidance throughout the process solidified the relationship between Best Buy and the Raymore-Peculiar School district.
Since the initial project, Best Buy has partnered with Raymore-Peculiar to provide a total of 1,500 Chromebooks to date, and the relationship continues. Raymore's goal is to provide a 1:1 technology solution for students and teachers to further education within their district.