Honoring a Legend
Chris Smith Retires After 30 Years
After more than 30 years working in the E.T.S. department, Chris Smith will say good-bye to friends and colleagues on November 20, 2015. As a Network Technician II, Chris has been integral to the development of the district's network architecture.
When asked what he considered his greatest contribution to the district to be, Chris replied, "I think it's the sum of many things. We had a main-frame computer and all the processing was done by ETS when I started here as a programmer. We purchased a new main-frame with a front-end processor that allowed users to interact via dumb terminals, but no one knew how to use it. So I set out to learn how to program it and that was the beginning of networking in our district".
The wine, gardening, and cross-fitness enthusiast has always endeavored to stay abreast of current technology. Chris played a leading role in moving the district away from mainframe computing in the early 1990's, spearheading the first district-wide network using microwave technology, which allowed centralized Internet access into the majority of our classrooms for the first time. He then led the way to our current fiber-connected district network, providing greater reliability and speed to our students and teachers. Finally, he designed the state-of-the-art WiFi network currently in deployment.
Chris plans to spend his retirement delving into his hobbies which also include surfing, cooking, bicycling, traveling, and home remodeling. ETS will miss Chris’ quirky sense of humor, his unwavering calmness, his easy-to-talk-to style, and his friendship. Please join us in wishing Chris the best of luck in all his future endeavors.
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