Murrieta Valley USD facility. Photo courtesy of Murrieta Valley USD.

Murrieta Valley USD Plans District Wide Deployment of Extron GlobalViewer Campus Communications Suite

The technical case for GVCCS actually takes a back seat to its value added. The ability for school sites to create and control their own schedules and audio content is a game changer.

Jonathan Pratt, Senior Systems Engineer
Murrieta Valley USD

Murrieta Valley Unified School District - MVUSD is located in Murrieta, California on the southwestern edge of Riverside County. The district’s award-winning academic program educates 23,400 students from transitional kindergarten through high school at 20 campuses.

It Started in 2014 ….

As Extron chronicled in a previous application story, beginning in 2014, MVUSD executed a major 18-month renovation of campuses across the district. This project included installation of AV systems built around Extron’s WallVault Digital System in 1,100 classrooms, multipurpose rooms, libraries, and meeting rooms. The systems include a projector, a pull-down screen, a document camera, and an Extron WallVault Classroom AV switching and control system. These systems have become indispensable instructional tools for teachers in the months and years since they were commissioned.

During the renovation project, the district began evaluating Extron’s GlobalViewer Campus Communications Suite – GVCCS – with intentions to modernize campus public address, bell, and intercom systems. GVCCS is a complete solution for unifying all campus audio systems under an easy-to-use interface using the existing network.

GlobalViewer Campus Communication Suite Evaluation

Avaxat Elementary and Alta Murrieta Elementary were the evaluation sites, where GVCCS replaced aging 25-year old systems. During the evaluation period, feedback came from administrators, teachers, and classroom staff. Campus administrators appreciated the ability to control their own schedule and create their own audio content. Teachers cited how easy it is to adjust the PA volume and alter the bell tones. IT personnel use the GlobalViewer® Enterprise AV resource management component of GVCCS to track projector lamp useage, proactively schedule replacements, and gather data on reliability.

GVCCS Roll Out District-Wide

Since successful completion of the evaluation period, two more campuses received GVCCS installations, including the first high school. MVUSD administrators view standardization on GVCCS as the best path to reduce total cost of ownership while providing a better user experience. Plans call for rolling out GVCCS district wide. GVCCS intercoms are slated to replace all existing intercoms. Previously installed WallVault AV systems at all middle schools and high schools will receive the Audio Decoding LinkLicense option, equipping them to broadcast bells and public address announcements from GVCCS directly into classrooms.

GVCCS Versatility Sparks Creative Uses

At Murrieta Valley High School, GVCCS is tied into a VoIP-based alerting system. The school administration got students involved in choosing the bell tones for the various alerts, allowing them to vote. They chose clips of popular songs. The school’s decision to engage students in this way was only possible because of the versatility of GVCCS.

Another creative use for GVCCS was an audio self guided tour on back-to-school night. Audio clips containing tour directions were programmed as bell tones. These were broadcast at intervals to lead visitors around campus.

GVCCS Viewed as a Game Changer

Jonathan Pratt, Senior Systems Engineer for MVUSD, observes that GVCCS is yielding multiple advantages: “From an Operations standpoint, we are convinced that GVCCS is the way to go. But the technical case for GVCCS actually takes a back seat to its value added. The ability for school sites to create and control their own schedules and audio content is a game changer. Putting this kind of technology into the hands of school administrators allows creativity to flourish.”