Drew Deatherage

Drew Deatherage
Drew brings more than 28 years of leadership and experience in the project management, design, and consulting in the telecommunications and physical security fields. His expertise includes the design of network infrastructure, physical security systems and many specialized low voltage systems. He also provides valuable insight into risk mitigation analysis, life-cycle management and master planning for technology and security programs. As a Principal in the firm, Drew provides tenured leadership to his clients and team, working to identify and develop emerging trends in technology and security design that will give clients the ability to maintain relevance now and into the future. Drew has acted as Senior Project Manager and Principal In Charge for hundreds of projects and consistently delivers on time and on budget, acting as a true partner in his client’s success.
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Liberty Hill ISD Embraces Fiber Rich Networks

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Oct 24, 2019 6:15:00 AM

Liberty Hill ISD becomes one of the first (if not THE first) school districts in Texas to see the benefits of using "fiber to the edge" technology and is rolling it out in their new Santa Rita Elementary School, which is set to open in 2020. Santa Rita will serve 800 students in its nearly 106,000 square feet of new space.
The District is focused on creating space that is flexible and adaptable, so the use of wireless networks will be pervasive. With the ever-increasing demands of wireless, and overall data networks evolving faster than ever, the District's IT leaders are under pressure to provide technologies that are fast, reliable and future proof. CRUX and LHISD's IT team did a lot of research and determined that going with an Optical Local Area Network (OLAN) was the right solution.

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Topics: K-12, Optical Networks, Fiber Rich

Safer schools in Stephenville, Texas

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Oct 22, 2019 9:57:28 AM

The Stephenville ISD has a lot going on these days and provides an excellent example of how the Architect, Huckabee, and Crux are partnering for our client’s success.  The District has undertaken a massive renovation to their high school, along with more modest work at the adjacent intermediate school.  Crux was pleased to be included as the technology and security design partner for both projects.  The high school reno is quite extensive, which means it is quite complex.  Together we have walked the District through a variety of technology and security options to finally arrive at the right answer for them. 

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Topics: School Safety, Roadmap, Consulting, K-12

A (Short) History of CRUX

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Oct 21, 2019 8:25:40 AM

I thought it might be time for a short refresher course on the history of CRUX. Some of you might not know that  what is now the CRUX team was Huckabee's in-house technology and security design group. In January of 2016, the former Huckabee tech and security design geeks launched out on our own as a separate design and consulting firm. CRUX Technology and Security Solutions, Inc., was born. When we initially launched the CRUX Principals shared ownership with Huckabee shareholders. In 2017, CRUX bought out the Huckabee shareholders to become an independent consultancy, and today principally serves the K-12 market in Texas, and the commercial, Native American, and Fed/Gov markets nationally.

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Topics: School Safety, Consulting, K-12, Core 4

The Top 5 Blogs Every Building Owner Should Be Following

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Aug 30, 2019 1:03:00 PM

Owning a building usually entails plenty of upkeep and maintenance. From time to time you’ll need to repair or replace certain pieces of the building, but overall, it might last for decades. The problem is, technology is racing forward and continues to provide new upgrades and innovations to make buildings safer, more secure, and more efficient. You probably shouldn’t jump at every single new idea that you see, but it doesn’t hurt to stay up-to-date on what’s happening.

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Changes to Texas School Safety Requirements from the 86th Texas Legislative Session – Part 5 - Threat Assessment Teams

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Aug 28, 2019 7:01:00 AM

In our previous post we explored aspects of changes from the 86th Texas Legislative session related to related to socio-emotional health.  We discussed most of those in the last post.  Now let’s look at one additional aspect of it. 

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Topics: School Safety

Changes to Texas School Safety Requirements from the 86th Texas Legislative Session – Part 4 - Socio-Emotional Health

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Aug 6, 2019 5:22:00 AM

In our previous post we explored aspects of changes from the 86th Texas Legislative session related to emergency preparedness.  Now let’s look at changes related to socio-emotional health.

Let’s explore changes to the Texas Education Code (TEC) from the 86th  Texas Legislative session that relate to mental health and socio-emotional wellness.  The primary bill is Senate Bill 11 (SB 11), formally titled: 

AN ACT relating to policies, procedures, and measures for school safety and mental health promotion in public schools and the creation of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium.

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Topics: School Safety

Changes to Texas School Safety Requirements from the 86th Texas Legislative Session – Part 3

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Aug 1, 2019 11:30:00 AM

In our previous post we explored aspects of changes from the 86th Texas Legislative session related to facility hardening and hostile events.  Now let’s look at changes related to emergency preparedness.

Senate Bill 11 (SB 11) Section 10 is the cornerstone of the preparedness changes.  Please read read this bill in it’s entirety to understand it fully.  As it goes with changes to law, much of it begs further clarification as to what it means exactly.  The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) will need time to set rules and issue guidance.

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Topics: School Safety

Connect and Protect: Why CRUX is unique

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Jul 30, 2019 10:01:00 AM

Today, technology surrounds us in a way that we could hardly imagine just a few decades ago. We’re connected via our devices and laptops, as well as many appliances and other items in our home. And increasingly, the very buildings we work and live in are incorporating new technology into their design. Or at least, they should be.

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Changes to Texas School Safety Requirements from the 86th Texas Legislative Session – Part 2

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Jul 25, 2019 12:35:00 PM

The 86th Texas Legislative session, which concluded in May 2019 produced a number of school safety-related bills which were signed into law by Governor Abbott.  Senate Bill 11 (SB 11) is the cornerstone bill for school safety.  There are nearly a dozen others that also either directly or indirectly address some aspect of it.  Let’s explore some of the aspects of the collective bills related to facility hardening and protection from hostile events. 

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Topics: School Safety

Changes to Texas School Safety Requirements from the 86th Texas Legislative Session – Part 1

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Jul 12, 2019 10:10:37 AM

Over the next few blog posts, we will explore various aspects of what came out of the 86th Legislature related to school safety requirements in Texas public and charter schools.

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Topics: School Safety