Technology Planning

Consider that technology goes through a complete change revolution every 45-60 days… Communications By Design creatively establishes a Technology Plan that addresses the present and future needs of all students. Flexible and adaptive solutions for your district today!

Design & Engineering

Communications By Design effectively communicates the intricate details inherent in technology design to the architect creating facility drawings and the construction management company overseeing the physical construction of the building.

Implementation Services

We schedule contractors – assuring just-in-time delivery of equipment, evolving specifications of hardware, installation and programming of network electronics, file-servers and PCs, including final clean up and restoration of the environment.

Professional Learning

We are committed to infusing k-12 teaching staff with a vision of the purpose and promises of technology in the classroom and system-wide learning environment. The goal is student and teacher engagement and growth to move your district forward with it’s goals.


Members Consulting Since 1991


Open Projects Requesting Proposals


Years of Educational Technology Consulting


School Districts assisted with Bond Passage


It with great pleasure I write this letter of recommendation for Communications by Design and Sara Easter. Beginning in the school year 2003, I was assigned the duties of Interim Technology Director at Caledonia Community Schools. I was also serving as the High School Assistant Principal. As Interim Technology Director, I was ultimately responsible for devising and carrying out a 5 million dollar technology bond project throughout the district. This also included the construction of a new 31 million dollar high school.

Sara Easter and CBD were selected as our technology consultants. I can tell you without any reservation that the vision for our district and the direction we have taken was a direct result of Sara’s foresight, knowledge, and dedication to our project. Sara is a great listener, visionary, diplomat, and above all else carries through with her responsibilities in a timely and professional manner.

Jim GlazierPrincipal, Caledonia High School

Communications By Design helped us through an RFP for our WAN and Telco Contracts and saved us a considerable amount of money. They have worked with us in different capacities, including working on our behalf as project manager for PBX upgrades. I would highly recommend them as a consulting partner.

Heather NickelsonTelecom Coordinator, Michigan Medical, P.C.

CBD’s knowledge of RFP and bid procedures is hands-down the best I’ve worked with. I just went out to bid on networking electronics, an extremely involved and lengthy document. With everything else on my plate, I never would have gotten it done. Carl finished it inside a week. CBD has been a great technology partner for us.

James OldfieldTech Coordinator and Network Administrator, Caledonia Community Schools

The scope of work provided by Communications By Design included preliminary bond services including focus groups, development of a community survey and analysis. A process that helped foster the development of our culture as one that embraces technology and enhances instructional models within our district.

Gregory PrattSuperintendent, Lowell Area Schools

Sara and her company are just the kind of tech partner you want, to help shift mindsets from the little stuff to bigger opportunities technology brings to your class.I’ll never forget early in our technology input and pilot phase with CBD. Some teachers and a few IT folks were all sort-of tiptoeing around the selection of devices Sara brought in for trial. The questions were all focused on what do we do if it breaks? What happens if a kid drops it? That day, Sara just tossed the device on the floor, shocking us all. She then picked it up and nonchalantly asked: What if?

Judy HoebekeManager of Education Technology Integration, Caledonia Community Schools

Gary Feenstra

Former Superintendent
Zeeland Public Schools

Communications by Design’s expertise covers all facets of facilities planning and project management to assure that programs are reliable and scalable over time.

CBD is the Thought Leader in Technology and Learning