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Technology Plan Update Framework

Broad-Based Support Superintendent Dr. Jim Willis 706-485-5381 jim_willis@putnam.k12.ga.us Technology Director Keith Ellenberg 706-485-5381 x30 keith_ellenberg@putnam.k12.ga.us Curriculum Director Dr. Jim Willis 706-485-5381 jim_willis@putnam.k12.ga.us Technology Director Keith Ellenberg 706-485-5381 x30 keith_ellenberg@putnam.k12.ga.us Curriculum Director Beth Bacon 706-485-5381 x28 beth_bacon@putnam.k12.ga.us Macon ETTC Jeff Stewart, Director 478.471.5380 jstewart@etcmcn.org The Putnam County Tech Plan already had a needs assessment in place. Input was gathered from teachers, administrators and staff through surveys on technologies they would like to see within the classroom in the next three years. These surveys also asked questions about current likes and dislikes about the technology program and staff, to gather data about how the group and technology in schools could improve. The data that was received was reviewed and used to assist in writing the plan so that the ideas, concerns, and goals from the teachers and administrations perspective could be included.

Needs Assessment:

In order to assess the needs of the county, the school technology committees will continue to provide the leadership for each schools technology needs. These committees will provide updates on the progress of the plans and asked to provide their feedback and evaluations of the implementation progress. Each schools technology plan will be shared with the parents and community as required. The Director of Technology will continue to provide the Board of Education informational presentations as progress is made toward achieving the technology plan goals. The annual technology SPLOST budget presentation and bid results will be provided to the Board. The Technology department will continue to work with building-level personnel in preparing information and getting the information ready for internal and external dissemination. The Director of Technology and the District Parent Liaison will continue to work with the local media resources to communicate and market the progress of the technology plan to the local community. In addition to Putnams current assessment of needs, the following from Fultons Technology Plan should be in place. Understanding that the School Keys offer a way to measure and then guide the system towards continuous improvement, Information Technology used the common language of the Keys to develop a web-based survey, known as the Technology Planning Survey, in order to measure how well the technology in Fulton County was used throughout the system to support the School Key indicators. A link to the Technology Planning Survey was sent to all school principals with a request that a school administrator, a classroom teacher and the school technology specialist complete the survey. Respondents to the survey indicated their perception as to how well technology is currently being used and supported. (Loe, 2009)

Mission

Putnam County already had a mission statement in place. The mission of the Putnam County School System is to assist all students in acquiring knowledge, fostering aspirations, and developing life skills that will empower them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of a global society. Putnam County already had a vision statement in place. Technology is a critical component in Putnam County Schools fulfilling its mission. Technology continues to evolve and change how we live our lives every day. Putnam County Schools is committed to using and taking advantage of these advancements in Technology to prepare its students, educators, and parents for lives filled with change, learning and exploration. Putnam County envisions a school district where: -Students and teachers will expect the internet in their classroom to be as fast if not faster than the internet in their homes. -Instruction will be delivered over the high speed network with telepresence technologies enabling realtime face-to-face instruction from an instructor located elsewhere in the world. Students and educators will receive their instruction and professional development using the same types of technology -Instructional software will evolve to be Georgia Performance Standard aligned. -Students will have access to their instructional software at home using their home internet connection -Parents will have access to their childrens grades, attendance and assignments via the student information systems parental portal -All employees will manage their human resource and payroll withholdings and enrollments via a web-based employee portal -Financial and human resource business processes will use electronic documents instead of paper-based documents -Electronic textbooks will begin to replace the traditional hardcopy textbook -1 to 1 computing will evolve to include personal devices like Apples iTouch and Amazons Kindle

Vision

-Broadcasting video throughout the system will not be an event, but a daily commonplace occurrence. -Community members and parents will increase their involvement in the schools due to the quality of information disseminated to them via the schools website and training classes.

Goals and Objectives

Putnam County already had goals and objectives in place. System Readiness Goals: Goal 1: Provide the technology infrastructure to support the instructional and administrative needs of the system. Upgrade all PCPS switches to support layer 3 and install a building wide wireless network

Upgrade all PCES switches to support layer 3 and install a building wide wireless network Upgrade all PCMS switches to support layer 3 and install a building wide wireless network Purchase new switches for new high school and install a building wide wireless network Upgrade all PCBO switches to support layer 3 and install a building wide wireless network Implement DHCP servers in each facility Upgrade school servers every 3 years and centralize where possible Upgrade all phone systems to include voice mail and telephony network integration Replace PBX/intercom system at PCMS with system standard Purchase and install new PBX/intercom for new high school Extend fiber optic backbone from central office to new high school Maintain facilities (A/C and power) for existing and new technologies Maintain Inventory Management System Maintain centralized network printers and network attached copiers Maintain firewall and content filtering subscriptions Maintain network shaping appliance Continue to use help desk tracking software for all technology requests Instructional Goals: Goal 1: Students and teachers will have access to technology that allows them to accomplish their instructional and administrative tasks. Adjust the number of computers in each classroom as requested by each schools technology committee or instructional team Replace workstations on 5 year rotation Purchase assistive technology for students with special needs Upgrade operating systems and application software on workstations as made available from vendors Evaluate use of 1 to 1 technologies for student engagement Goal 2: Improve student achievement with the

effective integration of instructional technology. Include technology into their GPS units Instructional software will be purchased for each schools areas of identified needs: Literacy in 6th 12th grade, Math in 1st 11th grade, and Science in all grades. Improve student achievement on State tests through pre and post assessments and web based instruction and review. Improve graduation rate through the use of credit recovery software E2020 and Virtual School Administrative Goals: Goal 1: Transform current business process from paper based systems to web enabled computerized systems. Utilize web versions of financial systems for purchasing and payroll Utilize web versions of human resources modules in financial systems Replace student information system Maintain Nutrition software Maintain Transportation Systems Maintain Facility Management Energy management and lighting control systems Implement IP based security camera systems and security monitoring systems at selected schools Parent/Community Goals: Goal 1: Actively engage parents and community in the educational process by increasing communication and feedback from parents and community focus groups through surveys and by providing access to computer technology and training. Provide parental access to student grades, assignments and attendance. Continue to conduct annual parent and community survey Increase the use of school websites Expand training available to parents and community members

Action Plan/Multiyear Planning The Action Plan is Appendix A of this document.

Program Integration

The timeline to achieve the goals was improved by specifying a time of year for those that only stated a year or span of years. This way, the timeline is not leaving the goal wide open for interpretation and procrastination. The Putnam County Technology Plan is associated with Georgia Performance Standards. To add from the Fulton Tech Plan, it should also support the work of the school system in all strategic areas. Curriculum, instruction, media, Title I, special education and ESOL should work together to develop a technology plan that supports the implementation of teaching and learning goals established by each department and that is aligned to the systems values and goals. (Loe, 2009) Putnam County already addressed curriculum integration. Putnam County envisions a school district where: 1. Students and teachers will expect the internet in their classroom to be as fast if not faster than the internet in their homes. 2. Instruction will be delivered over the high speed network with telepresence technologies enabling real-time face-to-face instruction from an instructor located elsewhere in the world. Students and educators will receive their instruction and professional development using the same types of technology 3. Instructional software will evolve to be Georgia Performance Standard aligned. 4. Students will have access to their instructional software at home using their home internet connection 5. Parents will have access to their childrens grades, attendance and assignments via the student information systems parental portal 6. All employees will manage their human resource and payroll withholdings and enrollments via a web-based employee portal 7. Financial and human resource business processes will use electronic documents instead of paperbased documents

Curriculum Integration

8. Electronic textbooks will begin to replace the traditional hardcopy textbook 9. 1 to 1 computing will evolve to include personal devices like Apples iTouch and Amazons Kindle 10. Broadcasting video throughout the system will not be an event, but a daily commonplace occurrence. 11. Community members and parents will increase their involvement in the schools due to the quality of information disseminated to them via the schools website and training classes.

Evaluation

Putnams plan contains evaluative measures in its Action Plan. See Appendix A. The leadership team review, nutrition department review, transportation department review, facilities management review, and principal review evaluations were changed to surveys to eliminate subjectivity.

Standards

There are no standards in the present Putnam Technology Plan. Equipment Standards: The district standard for technology equipment is to support 17,946 Windows based computers. All schools are connected to the wide area network with a gig Ethernet connection with a 100 MB download and upload bandwidth speed (339 MB aggregate) connection to the Internet. Every classroom in the district should have four modern computers connected to the Internet. Each permanent classroom should be outfitted with an interactive whiteboard, mounted projector, and sound system. Every high school and middle school should have at least one computer lab with 30 modern computers and every school should have access to seven to twelve mobile laptop labs that consist of ten modern laptop computers and a network printer. Every school also has to have at least ten stand alone laptops that can be designated for student checkout. Every school has to have a wireless network connection throughout the building. Every teacher should have an email account and storage space on the Storage Area

Network. (Forsyth County) Educator Standards: Every school needs a building level Instructional Technology Specialist who acts as the local school technology coordinator, providing instructional resources to help teachers integrate technology into instruction, thereby enhancing teaching and learning. Teachers will have a wide variety of software applications to assist in the teaching and learning of students to increase the creation of engaging lessons that impact student achievement. The Microsoft Office Professional suite or Open Office needs to be installed on every classroom desktop and teacher laptop. Additional district supported software shouold include Inspiration, Kidspiration, Pixie 2, the Macromedia web design suite, Google Earth and Sketchup, ActivStudio, Windows Movie Maker and Photostory. Fulltime teachers should have a notebook computer with email and Internet access. (Forsyth County) SPLOST, Title IVB, local, Title I, ARRA, Title IV

Funding Alternatives School Pilot Beginning Fall of 2009, Putnam began using Apple Projects/Educatio iTouch as a piloted project managed by teachers, nal Research academic coaches, and principals with Title I funds and is being evaluated with formative and summative assessments developed by each teacher for the pilot.

The Technology Planning committee supports the expansion of virtual teaching and learning capabilities by supporting current and emerging distance learning projects along with an upgrade to the district broadcast studio (Loe, 2009). In addition, the committee supports the implementation of a system-wide repository for podcasts, streaming video, PowerPoint presentations and other teacher, student and staff digital content (Loe, 2009). This plan proposes the pilot of virtual technologies for online communication and collaboration. Research conducted on emerging technologies in the area of distance learning and pilot projects will determine the best solution for the district. Putnam County will provide a pilot program to test the feasibility of desktop videoconferencing throughout the system network. In

order to expand distance learning solutions, this pilot will create less expensive and more flexible alternatives to the current distance learning classroom that we have in all high schools (Loe, 2009). Implementation will allow our schools to be more connected to outside learning resources and eliminate some of the current costs associated with travel throughout the system. As required by Board policy for all pilot programs in Fulton County Schools, the program will include an evaluation component (Loe, 2009). Model Classroom To improve teaching and learning that prepares Configurations students with skills needed in a global workforce, technology tools such as mobile and interactive devices support the building of strong foundational skills and key noncognitive skills, such as persistence, teamwork, and communication skills that enable K-12 students to benefit from learning and training experiences later on in life. The use of mobile and interactive devices expands a teacher and learners instructional choices while providing 24/7 learning opportunities that take advantage of todays wireless capacity. When the walls of the classroom are expanded, the learning experiences extend well beyond the constraints of the physical classroom, building, and school day. Collaboration is no longer limited to the teacher and other students in the class, but extends to students, teachers and subject matter experts from different schools in the community, city, state and world (Loe, 2009). The Technology Planning and Advisory Committee focuses on performance-based instruction and learning. It is the recommendation of the committee that we transform our classrooms so that inquiry, analysis, synthesis and evaluation takes place every day. Activities in every discipline should model what finding solutions to real problems looks like. The committee proposed LCD projectors become a part of a standardized classroom in order to allow teachers and students to explore information collaboratively using the internet, video, TV and the sharing of computer files (Loe, 2009). Facilities 1. School Wide Area Network backbone switches do not support any speed faster than 1Gb. Increasing the

backbone to 10Gb will be needed to support telepresence and video distribution across the system. 2. Internet bandwidth will need to continually increase to accommodate the application needs of the system. 3. Firewall and Content Filtering solutions do not provide age based granularity and configuration. For example, educating middle school students and high school students on social networking is impossible unless the filters can be configured to protect the K-7 population while allowing some access for grades 8-12. 4. School Local Area Networks switches do not support layer 3 routing. This prohibits implementation of QoS, VoIP and video distribution at the school level. 5. The existing telephone systems in the schools and central office are at capacity and are not integrated with the schools intercom systems. Classroom teachers do not have voicemail or the ability to make or receive phone calls from their classrooms. Maintenance/Sup Maintenance and support from Technology port Director and Technology Team: 1. Upgrade all PCPS switches to support layer 3 and install a building wide wireless network 2. Upgrade all PCES switches to support layer 3 and install a building wide wireless network. 3. Upgrade all PCMS switches to support layer 3 and install a building wide wireless network. 4. Upgrade all PCBO switches to support layer 3 and install a building wide wireless network. 5. Upgrade school servers every 3 years and centralize where possible 6. Upgrade all phone systems to include voice mail and telephony network integration 7. Maintain Inventory Management System.

8. Maintain centralized network printers and network attached copiers. 9. Maintain network shaping appliance. 10. Maintain firewall and content filtering subscriptions. Software Putnam will have software agreements district-wide that Agreements will include Inspiration, Kidspiration, Pixie 2, the Macromedia web design suite, Google Earth and Sketchup, ActivStudio, Windows Movie Maker and Photostory. Each software will have a three year agreement. Copyright/Accept Forsyth Countys Acceptable use policy is very thorough able Use Policy and detailed and gives specific examples of unacceptable behaviors. This specificity will assist if any issues arise in the future. There will be no questions since the acceptable use policy gives details in their policy. Copyright Unauthorized use of copyrighted material is prohibited. All copyrighted material must be properly cited using standard citation information. Giving credit (web address or active link) to a company or individual (celebrity, for instance) that has created text, a graphic, etc. for a school page may be allowed, assuming the site is not blocked by the web filtering hardware and software (Evans, 2009). Acceptable Use Policy Any student who utilizes the computer lab(s) or any computer equipment at the school must be aware of certain policies for use of the equipment and/or facilities. Procedures are in place for the protection of students and equipment. Students will be held accountable for any violation of the following policies (as would be the case for any classroom disciplinary matter). A student and his/her parents will be responsible for damages and will be liable for costs incurred for service or repair (Evans, 2009). Students are only allowed to utilize the computers and network to retrieve information and run specific software applications as directed by their teacher.

Students are not permitted to explore the configuration of the computer, operating system or network, run programs not on the menu, or attempt to do anything they are not specifically authorized to do. Students are responsible for ensuring that any computers or computing devices, diskettes, CDs, memory sticks, USB flash drives, or other forms of storage media that they bring in from outside the school are virus free and do not contain any unauthorized or inappropriate files. Students may not bring personal computers or hand-held computing devices and connect them to the school network or Internet connection (Evans, 2009). Safety Issues (Evans, 2009) 1. Any on-line communication should always be at the direction and with the supervision of a teacher. 2. Never provide last name, address, telephone number, or school name online. 3. Never respond to, and always report to the teacher or parent, any messages that make you feel uncomfortable or that are from an unknown origin. 4. Never send a photo of yourself or anyone else. 5. Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you met on-line. 6. Never open attachments or files from unknown senders. 7. Always report to a teacher any inappropriate sites that you observe being accessed by another user or that you browse to accidentally. Examples of prohibited conduct include but are not limited to the following (Evans, 2009) A. Accessing, sending, creating or posting materials or communications that are: 1. Damaging to another persons reputation, 2. Abusive, 3. Obscene, 4. Sexually oriented, 5. Threatening or demeaning to another person, 6. Contrary to the schools policy on harassment, 7. Harassing, or 8. Illegal B. Using the network for financial gain or advertising

(Evans, 2009). C. Posting or plagiarizing work created by another person without their consent (Evans, 2009). D. Posting anonymous or forging electronic mail messages (Evans, 2009). E. Attempting to read, alter, delete, or copy the electronic mail messages of other system users (Evans, 2009). F. Giving out personal information such as phone numbers, addresses, drivers license or social security numbers, bankcard or checking account information (Evans, 2009). G. Using the schools computer hardware or network for any illegal activity such as copying or downloading copyrighted software, music or images, or violation of copyright laws (Evans, 2009). H. Downloading, installing, or using games, music files, public domain, shareware or any other unauthorized program on any schools computer or computer system (Evans, 2009). I. Purposely bringing on premises or infecting any school computer or network with a Virus, Trojan, or program designed to damage, alter, destroy or provide access to unauthorized data or information (Evans, 2009). J. Gaining access or attempting to access unauthorized or restricted network resources or the data and documents of another person (Evans, 2009). K. Using or attempting to use the password or account of another person or utilizing a computer while logged on under another users account (Evans, 2009). L. Using the schools computers or network while access privileges have been suspended (Evans, 2009). M. Using the schools computer hardware, network, or Internet link in a manner that is inconsistent with a teachers directions and generally accepted network

etiquette (Evans, 2009). N. Altering or attempting to alter the configuration of a computer, network electronics, the operating system, or any of the software (Evans, 2009). O. Attempting to vandalize, disconnect or disassemble any network or computer component (Evans, 2009). P. Utilizing the computers and network to retrieve information or run software applications not assigned by their teacher or inconsistent with school policy (Evans, 2009). Q. Providing another student with user account information or passwords (Evans, 2009). R. Connecting to or installing any computer hardware, components, or software which are not school system property to or in the districts technology resources without prior approval of the district technology supervisory personnel. Students are permitted to connect to the district network via the secure wireless connection provided by the school system, but all access must be in accordance with this Acceptable Use Policy. Students are NOT permitted to use their own computing devices to access the Internet via personal Wi-Fi accounts or by any manner other than connecting through the secure wireless connection provided by the school system (Evans, 2009). S. Bringing on premises any computer, disk or storage device that contains a software application or utility that could be used to alter the configuration of the operating system or network equipment, scan or probe the network, or provide access to unauthorized areas or data (Evans, 2009). T. Downloading or accessing via e-mail or file sharing, any software or programs not specifically authorized by Technology personnel (Evans, 2009). U. Bypassing or attempting to circumvent network security, virus protection, network filtering, or policies (Evans, 2009).

V. Possessing or accessing information on school property related to Hacking, or altering, or bypassing network security or policies (Evans, 2009). W. Participating on message boards without teacher direction, or in live chat using but not limited to AIM, Yahoo, or MSN Messenger (Evans, 2009). X. Students should follow the guidelines below when performing Internet searches (Evans, 2009). Gifts and Disposal School personnel shall neither give nor accept gifts of significant value from students, parents or organizations associated with the schools. Gifts of token value may be given or received. If an individual believes they have been offered a bribe they must refuse it, explain why it is not appropriate, and immediately report the matter to Administration. Disposal of gifts must be in the public interest and pay due respect to the wishes and expectations of the donor. Staff Development Professional Development Putnam County Schools adheres to a job-embedded approach for high quality professional learning, implemented on district-wide Early Release Days, to help standards-based practices become a reality in all Putnam County classrooms (Evans, 2009). Putnam County Schools will utilize the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) as the basis for teachers to develop their professional learning. As part of this model teachers will: 1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity 2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments 3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning 4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility 5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership Putnam County Schools will pilot a program in the 20112012 school year where teachers will be able to

videotape their instruction and solicit peer reviews. One aspect of the peer review will be the effectiveness of their instructional technology and how well they have embraced the NETS-T standards. Putnam County teachers will increase their use of interactive boards through on-going training from Macon ETC in ActivBoard for Beginners and ActivBoard Advanced. The other areas of training for integration of technology through ETC will be the use of United Streaming to help differentiate instruction and the use of math tools such as SketchUp and Geogebra to help with the implementation of Mathematics I and II for GPS standards.

Works Cited Evans, L. (2009). Three-year technology plan. Manuscript submitted for publication, Forsyth County Schools, Cumming, Georgia. Retrieved from http://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/129410616215017890/lib/1294106162150 17890/ForsythTechPlan 009-2012forweb.pdf?129410616215017890Nav=%7C&NodeID=5817 Loe, C. (2009). Three-year technology plan. Manuscript submitted for publication, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, Georgia. Retrieved from http://www.fultonschools.org/itdivision/pdf/FCS_Tech_Plan_2009_2012. pdf Weil, M. (2009). The blended classroom revolution: virtual technology goes to school. Tech and Learning, Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/article/16210 Willis, J. (2009). Three-year technology plan. Manuscript submitted for publication, Putnman County Schools, Eatonton, Georgia. Retrieved from https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/ViewDocs.aspx?S=4133

Appendix A

Goals, Benchmarks, and Strategies System Readiness Goals Goal 1: Provide the technology infrastructure to support the instructional and administrative needs of the system.
Strategies Upgrade all PCPS switches to support layer 3 and install a building wide wireless network Upgrade all PCES switches to support layer 3 and install a building wide wireless network Upgrade all PCMS switches to support layer 3 and install a building wide wireless network Purchase new switches for new high school and install a building wide wireless network Upgrade all PCBO switches to support layer 3 and install a building wide wireless network Implement DHCP servers in each facility Upgrade school servers every 3 years and centralize where possible Upgrade all phone systems to include voice mail and telephony network integration Replace PBX/intercom system at PCMS with system standard Purchase and install new PBX/intercom for new high school Extend fiber optic backbone from central office to new high school Benchmark and Timeline Summer 2009 Summer 2009 Fall 2010 Summer 2009 Fall 2010 Summer 2010 Ongoing effort from 20092012 Ongoing effort from 20092012 Summer 2009 Summer 2009 Summer 2009 Responsible Budget Person Director of Technology Director of Technology Director of Technology Director of Technology Director of Technology Director of Technology Director of Technology Director of Technology Director of Technology Director of Technology Director of Technology Fiber provided by local cable company Estimated $30,000 for network actives Director of Technology Director Of Maintenance Technology Department Technology Department Evaluation Site Survey and Network certification test results Site Survey and Network certification test results Site Survey and Network certification test results Site Survey and Network certification test results Site Survey and Network certification test results Inventory Inventory Inventory Inventory Inventory Fiber certification results

Maintain facilities (A/C and power) for existing and new technologies Maintain Inventory Management System Maintain centralized network printers and network attached copiers

Ongoing 20092012 Ongoing 20092012 Ongoing 20092012

Annual walkthroughs Site survey and technology inventory Site survey and analysis of budget information

Maintain firewall and content filtering subscriptions Maintain network shaping appliance Continue to use help desk tracking software for all technology requests

Ongoing 20092012 Ongoing 20092012 Ongoing 2009-2012

Technology Department Technology Department Technology Department

Analysis of network traffic Analysis of network traffic Analysis of help desk tickets

Instructional Goals Goal 1: Students and teachers will have access to technology that allows them to accomplish their instructional and administrative tasks. Goal 1: Students and teachers will have access to technology that allows them to accomplish their instructional and administrative tasks.
Strategies Adjust the number of computers in each classroom as requested by each schools technology committee or instructional team Benchmark and Timeline All classrooms have at least 2 modern computers. Classrooms that are focused on small groups typically have 4-8 workstations. Fall 2011 Ongoing 20092012 Ongoing 20092012 Ongoing 20092012 Pilot project to start Fall of 2009 using Apple iTouch Responsible Person Director of Technology and Principals Budget Splost, Estimate $70,000/ Year Evaluation Site survey and Inventory

Replace workstations on 5 year rotation Purchase assistive technology for students with special needs Upgrade operating systems and application software on workstations as made available from vendors Evaluate use of 1 to 1 technologies for student engagement

Director of Technology Dir. Of Technology, Dir. Of Special Education Technology Department Teachers, academic coaches, principals

Splost, Estimate $150,000/year Title VIB

Inventory Site survey, purchasing history Inventory Formative and summative assessments developed by each teacher for the pilot

Local Title 1, Estimate $20,000

Goal 2: Improve student achievement with the effective integration of instructional technology.
Strategies Include technology into their GPS units Benchmark and Timeline All classrooms have at least 2 modern computers. Classrooms that are focused on small Responsible Person Director of Technology and Principals Budget Splost, Estimate $70,000/ Year Evaluation Site survey and Inventory

Instructional software will be purchased for each schools areas of identified needs: Literacy in 6th 12th grade, Math in 1st 11th grade, and Science in all grades. Improve student achievement on State tests through pre and post assessments and web based instruction and review.

groups typically have 4-8 workstations. Fall 2011 Ongoing 20092012

Improve graduation rate through the use of credit recovery software E2020 and Virtual School

Use existing applications such as USA TestPrep, Study Island, Testgate and OAS for practice tests. Yearly review of Graduation Rate on AYP report

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Academic Coaches, Principal, Design Teams Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Academic Coaches, Principal, Design Teams Graduation Coach and Alternative School Principal

ARRA, Title I, Title VI, Local Estimate $100,000 year Title I, Title VI and ARRA, estimated $150,000 a year. Title VI and ARRA funds, estimated cost $60,000

Instructional Application Inventory

CRCT and GHSGT Spring results

AYP Report on graduation rate

Administrative Goals Goal 1: Transform current business process from paper based systems to web enabled computerized systems.
Strategies Utilize web versions of financial systems for purchasing and payroll Benchmark and Timeline Employee self service for benefits and wage information during 2009-2010 school year Applicant tracking to rollout in 2010 with additional features in 2011-2012 New student information system will be used starting with 2009-2010 school year Apply upgrades as available and evaluate the system for replacement in 2010 Responsible Budget Person Director of Technology Director of Finance Evaluation Site Survey and Network certification test results Leadership team survey

Utilize web versions of human resources modules in financial systems Replace student information system

Assistant Superintendent of HR and Directors of Technology and Finance

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum SIS Department Director of Technology Directors of Nutrition and Technology

Principal survey

Maintain Nutrition software

Nutrition Department survey

Maintain Transportation Systems

Maintain Facility Management Energy management and lighting control systems Implement IP based security camera systems and security monitoring systems at selected schools

Apply upgrades and evaluate bus routing system for replacement in 2010-2011 Apply upgrades as requested by Facilities Replace existing VCR based hardwired systems with DVR based, IP camera systems

Directors of Transportation and Technology

Transportation Department survey

Directors of Facilities and Technology Chief Operations Officer, Directors of Facilities and Technology Estimated $60,000 per school from SPLOST

Facilities Management survey Needs assessment at each school

Parent/Community Goals Goal 1: Actively engage parents and community in the educational process by increasing communication and feedback from parents and community focus groups through surveys and by providing access to computer technology and training.
Strategies Provide parental access to student grades, assignments and attendance. Benchmark and Timeline Replacement of student information system and enabling the parent portal in Fall of 2009 Spring 2010 Responsible Person SIS Department Budget Evaluation Number of active parent accounts.

Continue to conduct annual parent and community survey Increase the use of school websites Expand training available to parents and community members

Parent Liaison

Ongoing 20092012 Utilize computer labs at schools for training classes

Principals, Parent Liaison Director of Technology, Media and Instructional Support Specialist at each school

Survey results collected via www.surveymonke y.com Website hits from server logs Sign-in sheets from training sessions