Pace School's New Information Technology Network Enables Private-based School to Increase Services While Reducing Costs

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Award-winning School Selected synergIT to Implement New Microsoft Network and Updated Cisco Infrastructure

synergIT Incorporated, a leader in Information Technology services recently completed an enterprise-wide network migration for Pace School, among the most notable emotionally challenged and Autistic placement options for school districts in Allegheny and surrounding counties in Western Pennsylvania. By partnering with synergIT to assess their existing environment, make financially sound and technical recommendations for enhancements and provide implementation services to execute the vision, Pace School continues to provide their nationally recognized services and support to a larger number of students in need of their gifted services while providing these programs in a more manageable and cost-effective manner.

Operating from their facility in the East Suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pace School currently serves children ages 5 to 15 in kindergarten through ninth grade. Pace School has a rolling admissions process and accepts applications throughout the school year. Pace School is licensed to serve students educationally diagnosed with one of the following: Emotional Disturbance, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Delay. Pace School utilizes a unique set of best practices to deliver their accredited services. Technology continues to play an ever-increasing role in the delivery of these programs and services. In order to stay ahead of the curve, Pace School was in need of an experienced IT firm that could execute their vision while they continue to serve their students and families with the ultimate goal of returning these students to their public school district.

According to Mr. James Mele, Chief Financial Officer at Pace School, finding an experienced, local firm was just as important as executing the recommended vision. "Our objective was to find a local technology partner that not only had the experience to empower our users with the tools necessary to support our educational initiatives, but one that has been in business for some time and has a solid track record of success," said Mr. Mele. "Our new relationship with synergIT has proven to be valuable and yet rewarding at the same time. They've kept our needs in the forefront while designing our new network and have continued to work side by side with us to help our staff understand the benefits, both financial and technical, with regards to what we now have in place. We look forward to a long-lasting partnership between our two organizations."

To realize this ambitious vision, Pace School turned to synergIT. The Pittsburgh-based IT firm utilized their proven, four-phased Information Technology Strategy Assessment methodology to identify Pace School's existing server, network and desktop concerns, and worked with personnel to identify "gaps" between where they were and where they needed to be, presented a series of recommendations to match the School's vision and developed an implementation plan to align IT strategy with business goals and direction. "Given Pace School's requirements and timeframes for both short term and long term needs, our proven IT Strategy and Assessment Best Practice turned out to be an exact match," said Gayle Wieseckel, Sr. Account Executive with synergIT. "We believe we are the only local firm to meet Pace School's requirements, execute on the vision and will continue to build upon a solid working relationship with our new client, Pace School."

About Pace School

The mission of Pace School is to provide educational and therapeutic services that enable any child to thrive. As a private, non-profit day school, they transform the lives of the region's most challenged and challenging students and their families. Their goals are to teach children with severe emotional disorders and/or Autism to break through social and behavioral barriers to school success and to help their families enjoy more normal lives. For more than four decades, Pace School has served as a placement option for school districts in Allegheny and surrounding counties seeking expertise in providing a blended educational and therapeutic environment. For more information, visit the school's web site at http://www.paceschool.org

About synergIT

Since 1984, our clients have challenged us to help them grow their businesses through the excellent use of technology. We realize that most organizations have an understanding of where they want to go, but need assistance in creating and implementing a technology plan that supports their business goals. By combining our years of experience, relationships with industry leading manufacturers and broad range of services with our client's knowledge of their business we are able to help them realize success. This promotes a valued partnership that lasts for years. For more information, contact synergIT at +1 412 366 5811 or visit the firm's web site at http://www.synergIT.com

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