Driving Education Forward: Quantum Technologies’ Role in School Tech

In the 21st century, technology is integral to education, with educational technology (edtech) expenses often exceeding hundreds of thousands of dollars annually per school. This allocation of funds directly impacts financial resources and educational quality. Meanwhile, administrators juggle numerous responsibilities, from recruitment to classroom instruction, heightened by the prospect of hybrid learning. Further, many schools lack dedicated information technology (IT) management, leaving administrators to navigate complex issues outside their expertise and exposing schools to logistical and security risks amidst staff turnover. 

In addressing these challenges, Quantum Technologies emerges as a one-stop local source to manage a range of IT concerns. With tailored support spanning software, hardware, and infrastructure, Quantum empowers schools to optimize resources and focus on delivering quality education.

St. John Bosco 

In 2018, St. John Bosco, a small private school located in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, found itself at a crossroads when the teacher overseeing the school’s IT department retired. Faced with the decision to hire a replacement or engage an external Managed Service Provider, the school opted for the latter. Quantum Technologies, led by president Nathan Drager, emerged as the chosen partner.

“Technology is increasingly crucial in education, but it’s also complex and constantly evolving,” observes Drager. “Schools need reliable support and expertise to navigate this landscape effectively.”

By outsourcing their IT needs to Quantum, St. John Bosco gained access to a team of experts well-versed in the latest technology trends. Over the course of the transition, Quantum addressed critical needs such as system maintenance, upgrades to Windows 10, and the development of a long-term technology roadmap.

A notable aspect of Quantum’s approach was its customization of technology solutions to align with St. John Bosco’s unique educational requirements. Unlike larger, nationally-known providers, Quantum worked closely with the school to understand its needs and preferences. This personalized approach ensured that technology enhancements, such as the adoption of Google Cloud and Google Apps, catered specifically to the school’s student body.

Moreover, Quantum’s decision to retain Windows-based computers instead of transitioning to Chromebooks reflected a strategic consideration of the school’s advanced STEM programs, particularly Project Lead The Way (PLTW). By selecting technology options that supported PLTW’s innovative learning experiences, Quantum empowered students to explore robotics and engage in collaborative problem-solving.

The timing of Quantum’s technology refresh proved fortuitous, coinciding with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The upgraded systems, already equipped for remote learning, enabled St. John Bosco to seamlessly transition to virtual instruction—a testament to the foresight and planning facilitated by Quantum’s services. 

Quantum now has its own office at St. John Bosco. “We touch base weekly with administrators and teachers to offer technical assistance,” Drager explains. “This keeps us in sync with the school’s evolving needs.” This proactive approach guarantees the school’s systems stay secure, accessible, and functional.

Southern Door 

How a school district spends the money allocated to edtech on an annual basis is tied directly to the corporations and vendors that provide them with technology—it’s a relationship that directly affects a school district’s financial resources, as well as the quality of education they can provide.

“In general, school districts play within a certain vendor space—companies like Cisco and Heartland—that require really expensive licensing to run their appliances and infrastructure technology,” explains Drager. “A lot of times,” he continues, “school districts end up handcuffed to network solutions, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to license, because ‘this is the way it’s done,’ and moving outside of that vendor space might have unforeseen downsides.

In the spring of 2022, Southern Door School District in Door County, Wisconsin, underwent a comprehensive network infrastructure overhaul by Quantum Technologies, beginning with the modernization of communication systems by replacing antiquated landline phones with a VoIP system. This marked the start of strategic technological upgrades aimed at enhancing operational efficiency and the educational experience.

However, during the planning phase of the new phone system rollout, an unexpected hurdle emerged concerning the network switches’ capacity to support the VoIP-enabled devices adequately. This prompted a comprehensive reassessment of the district’s network infrastructure, compelling Quantum to embark on a complete technology refresh to ensure seamless integration with the new communication framework.

Quantum’s diagnostic efforts uncovered a heterogeneous mix of outdated and cumbersome network switches scattered throughout the school premises. The decision was made to replace this disparate array of hardware with streamlined UniFi switches, heralding a new era of network efficiency and manageability.

Furthermore, the network overhaul extended beyond switches, encompassing the upgrade of the firewall from an aging Palo Alto system to a more robust Netgate pfSense solution. This facilitated critical security measures, essential for safeguarding students’ online activities and protecting the integrity of the district’s digital infrastructure.

Josh Klopf, the Technology Manager at Southern Door, recollects the transition from the outdated Cisco-based operation to the contemporary Grandstream system which introduced advanced features like full-color touchscreen interfaces and seamless integration with cell phones, representing a significant advancement over the conventional landline infrastructure.

The partnership with Quantum Technologies yielded tangible cost savings in licensing fees and hardware expenditures. Klopf corroborated these savings, stating, “In licensing fees alone, going with Quantum has already saved us, and will continue to save us, tens of thousands of dollars a year.” Klopf further expressed satisfaction with Quantum’s services, indicating plans for future collaboration to further enhance the district’s network.

Drager concludes, “Our children go to Southern Door, and we are all proud of Quantum’s involvement at the school—the sense of community is very strong,” added Drager. “Southern Door School District is a top priority client, and we are looking forward to all future projects, and will continue to rise to any challenges they might face with their day-to-day responsibilities and operations.”


By prioritizing personalized support, strategic planning, and cost-effective solutions, Quantum empowers schools to embrace technology as a catalyst for innovation and student success. 

As educational landscapes continue to evolve, the partnership between Quantum Technologies and school systems promises to unlock new possibilities and shape the future of education.

positioning Southern Door School District as a beacon of technological innovation and efficiency in the education sector. Looking ahead, Quantum remains committed to supporting the district’s ongoing technological endeavors, poised to optimize day-to-day operations and drive educational excellence.

Drager highlighted the significant financial burden associated with edtech, citing data indicating billions spent annually by U.S. K-12 schools. “However, much of this expenditure is wasted due to underutilized digital instruction materials and excessive licensing fees for network and infrastructure technology,” he lamented.

Addressing the implications of licensing fees, Drager emphasized their substantial contribution to costs. “While offering certain advantages like immediate equipment replacement, they also pose downsides such as financial strain on school districts and limitations on IT management roles,” he explained.

Quantum Technologies and the Southern Door School District in Door County, Wisconsin began a partnership that has grown to include the installation and support of its network infrastructure, while simultaneously maintaining the district’s technological and financial independence. 

Edtech in the United States is costly, with K-12 schools spending billions annually. “However, much of this expenditure is wasted due to underutilized digital instruction materials,” remarks Drager.

“In general, school districts play within a certain vendor space—companies like Cisco and Heartland—that require really expensive licensing to run their appliances and infrastructure technology,” explains Drager. “A lot of times,” he continues, “school districts end up handcuffed to network solutions, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to license, because ‘this is the way it’s done,’ and moving outside of that vendor space might have unforeseen downsides.” By replacing outdated systems with cost-effective solutions, Quantum enabled Southern Door to streamline operations and realize substantial cost savings.