October 23, 2012
Understanding our Technology Priorities for 2012-2013
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has begun to transform its learning environmentsthrough the use of digital curricula, instructional resources, and interactive whiteboard and mobiletechnologies. These changes are facilitating important shifts in teaching and learning that allow formore differentiated and personalized instruction.Because of how such technology is funded, there has been an inequitable distribution of these coreinstructional technologies. Currently, 80 of 132 MCPS elementary schools have fewer than 10Promethean interactive whiteboards and 31 elementary schools have none. Across the district, 125schools do not have building-wide wireless access.Parents and educators have asked the system to address this inequity as quickly as possible. OnSeptember 11, 2012, the Montgomery County Board of Education passed a resolution approving thepurchase of:
Interactive whiteboard technology for every elementary school classroom and;
Wireless networks for every school in MCPS.This project would level the technology playing field across the district, providing a strongfoundation for the growing use of technology in
MCPS, including “bring your own device”
programs. No additional funds will be needed for this initiative.As it has done in the past, the Board of Education has submitted a request to access federalEducation Rate (E-Rate) funding in order to move forward with this technology initiative. If approved, installation will begin during this school year and will be completed by the start of the2013-2014 school year. This matter will be the subject of a public hearing before the CountyCouncil on October 30, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. A vote is expected on November 13.Professional development planning has begun and a variety of professional developmentopportunities will be coordinated for elementary school staff as each school
s installation isscheduled.
What will this effort cost?
The total cost for both projects is $14,541,476, which will be financed over five years. The totalannual payment for both efforts will be $2,908,296 for each of the next five years.The installation of Promethean interactive technology in 2000 elementary school classrooms willcost $8,949,719, financed at zero percent over five years. The annual payment will be $1,789,944.The installation of secured wireless networks across all schools will cost $4,491,757, financed atzero percent for five years. The annual payment will be $1,118,352.
How will MCPS pay for this initiative?
The funding for these projects is part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013-2018 Capital ImprovementProgram (CIP) Technology Modernization (Tech Mod) program and includes E-rate funds that willbe received by MCPS. The school district is not asking for any additional funds for this project.