Schneider Electric Presents $25,000 to Pennsylvania School District Winner of Annual IT Makeover Contest |

  • The Woodland Hills School District received funding to upgrade IT equipment and environments for continued student success
  • IT infrastructure upgrades support 4,000 students and an online academy for remote and hybrid learners

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa., November 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Schneider Electric, a global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced Woodland Hills School District (WHSD) as a recipient of the $25,000 APC K-12 Makeover Contest to update its IT environments to best support the learning experience and ensure continued student success. With the funds, the district moved its data center to a larger, more secure space, replaced its open-frame rack with a secure enclosure, and upgraded existing legacy uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units.

The pandemic sent a shockwave through educational institutions as they were forced to move to a virtual environment, and that environment is evolving. As K-12 schools and districts build for the future, today’s classrooms must be designed with innovative curriculum, interactive learning, and student engagement in mind—and feature technology that enables, enriches, and supports the modern learning experience.

DR Daniel CastagneSuperintendent, Woodland Hills School District said, “The Woodland Hills School District is truly grateful for the recognition from Schneider Electric and the APC K-12 Makeover Contest. Infrastructure is a challenge for any school district, especially one our size. The updates This award to our IT department will improve our efficiency and security. It’s partnerships like this that help school districts thrive, and we couldn’t be more grateful to everyone involved.”

“The past few years have been tremendously difficult and have weighed on every school district in the country, even well-resourced districts find these challenges quite daunting,” he said Shannon Sbar, NAM Vice President Channels, Schneider Electric. “When we can step in and help, even in the smallest way, it’s very rewarding. We look forward to working with the Woodland Hills School District not just now, but for years to come.”

With their more modern and secure equipment, WHSD prioritized additional investments in new switches for the rack and upgraded legacy UPS units in areas of need. CCL Technology, a partner of Schneider Electric, worked closely with WHSD to deliver:

  • 10 Rack-Mounted APC Smart-UPS Units with Network Card (SMT2200RM2UNC)
  • 2 Rack PDUs (AP9562)
  • 1 12″ APC NetShelter Cable Management, Power Cable Ladder (AR8165AKIT)
  • 1 APC NetShelter SX Rack Enclosure (AR3347)

“Like many districts over the past few years, our focus has been to ensure our students have access to the technology they need to study from anywhere,” he said Johnathan Kim, IT Director, Woodland Hills School District. “But we also needed to be able to ensure that the programs and services that our students and staff need to access remotely are secure and reliable. Schneider Electric’s generosity means we are able to provide a more secure location for our data center and a much more reliable power supply to our grids and has helped us modernize the entire system.”

With the upgrades, WHSD’s new devices are now protected from environmental conditions and vulnerabilities and will power connected devices more reliably. In addition, reliable battery backup capacity provides power during outages or shuts down systems before an expected outage, while advanced dynamic battery management allows them to swap out batteries before the device fails.

The UPS units are also SmartConnect-enabled, giving the IT team more insight into the device status. Through this remote monitoring interface, the IT team can now receive automatic notifications, firmware updates, and advanced support to ensure a consistent learning environment for their students. Finally, the Network Management Card allows the IT team to securely connect and control individual Smart-UPS units via a web browser, command line interface, or SNMP.

The Woodland Hills School District (WHSD) is located in Allegheny County, Paand serves 12 congregations in the Pittsburgh Area. The county has a few 4,000 Kelvin-12 students in five schools, plus an online academy for distance and hybrid learners and a summer education camp for K-5 students.

The 2023 competition will open in January. Enter the Schneider Electric APC K-12 Makeover Contest by submitting an image or video to

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