The Ripon Area School District has enjoyed the fruits of high technology in recent months.

But for about a 48-hour period this week, it discovered what happens when that fruit spoils.

An internet outage prevented the district from being able to utilize some of its key systems, ranging from grading to student management to email.

And, had a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system been installed on time this year, the district might have been without phones, too.

“It shows how dependent we are” on the internet, Superintendent Richard Zimman said Tuesday afternoon.

The problem occurred when, on Sunday afternoon, a hardware-based web filter failed.

“The filter we had was 4 1/2 years old or so,” Zimman said. “It was supposed to be able to handle everything we throw at it, and it went kaput. Nobody knows why.”

Read the full story in the Nov. 11, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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