The Dougherty County School System, located in Albany, Georgia, is comprised of four HighSchools, six Middle Schools, sixteen Elementary Schools, and four other learning centers. TheDougherty County School System Technology plan is a three-year plan from 2009 to 2012. Thecomponents addressed in the plan include the planning process detailing the involvement andresponsibility for planning and coordination with other planning initiatives. The plan provides anextensive analysis of student academic and technology needs, as well as, district vision statement and performance objectives for student achievement. The technology mission and the vision for theschool system’s technology use are discussed; further, the current access to technology is addressed.The goals and benchmarks are included in the plan, detailing the instructional, administrative, parent/community uses of technology. The action plan described in the technology plan includes professional development strategies; strategies promoting research-based, best practice uses,equitable access strategies, and parent involvement strategies. The communication and marketing plan discusses sharing evaluation results, encouraging stakeholder involvement, and the roles of technology in helping students achieve QCC. The appendices address CIPA compliance, acceptableuse policies, and other relevant policies and procedures.According to the Technology Coordinator, the plan is actually ahead of schedule and is activelyfollowed. The plan is continuously evaluated to insure that technology resources are adequate tomeets the needs of students and stakeholders.
Overall, this technology plan is very well laid out. It includes most of the required components, andthose components explain what it is, how to use that component, and who will be responsible for thatcomponent. On our evaluation, we scored everything a three, which was the highest you can score.The biggest strength of this plan is it was very well planned and very well explained for everyone tounderstand.Organization was key in the formation of the technology plan. The writers used organizational chartsthroughout the plan to organize data and explain major components to the plan. Using these charts isstrength of this plan.The weaknesses of the original plan are that items are not included in the plan. Several componentsneed to be added such as standards, a pilot program, software agreements, and a gifts/disposal policy.Another weakness of the plan is it combines components that need to be separated.
The Mission and the Vision elements of the DCSS Technology Plan were combined and should beseparated. The statements should be distinguished from the Dougherty County School Systemmission and vision; there should be specific mission and vision statement for the Technology Plan.There were not originally any equipment standards in this plan, so we found a policy to add fromGlynn County Board of Education.