District CIO

Indiana school board receives New Tech School proposal

Indiana-based Clarksville Community School Corporation’s board of trustees have received one proposal for the first phase of construction of the New Tech school from Jeffersonville-based ARC Construction Management LLC. The total amount budgeted for Phase 1 work on the New Tech project is $5.5 million.

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iPad initiative brings optimism and skepticism

Coachella Valley Unified, one of California's poorest districts, southeast of Los Angeles, is currently rolling out iPads to every student, pre-kindergarten through high school. It's an ambitious effort that administrators and parents hope will transform how kids learn, boost achievement and narrow the digital divide with wealthier districts.

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What CIOs look for today when hiring staff

The shift in CIO responsibilities has also trickled down to the rest of the tech team. No longer is it enough to be knowledgeable about computers. IT employees must have strong people skills as well.

Bus tracking tool gives parents peace of mind

With the swipe of a bus pass, Denver Public Schools students are answering the often-asked parent question, “Did my child get on the bus today?” Denver joins other districts in Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, and North Carolina trying to improve safety by using a system that tracks when and where students get on and off buses.

Oklahoma superintendent fights dropout rate with technology

Superintendent Joe Kitchens thinks technology will keep students in school and on track to graduate. The 20-year-leader of the Western Heights school district in suburban Oklahoma City is focusing on a strong telecommunications network and analyzing student data through various platforms to raise the 63 percent graduation rate.

Teacher evaluation: meeting the new state standards

Arriving at Rensselaer Central Schools Corporation in Indiana as assistant superintendent in July, 2012, after four years with the Indiana Department of Education, one of my first tasks was to develop a plan for our administrators to better comply with the state’s new teacher evaluation law.

Muskegon CC launches new hybrid CNC/CAD programs

The bulletin board in the CNC training room at Muskegon Community College in Michigan is covered with help-wanted notices from Muskegon manufacturers looking for highly-skilled workers, the kind being trained through new CAD/CNC hybrid programs at the college. The bulletin board is proof that manufacturing is alive and well in Muskegon.

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Former Kentucky superintendent accused of abusing power

A former superintendent of Martin County Schools is accused of abusing his power to help his family while he was in office. The Kentucky State Auditor's report said Mark Blackburn assigned his wife a position in the school and let her keep her previous salary and job duties, which was $50,000 more than the person who previously held the position, and gave privately funded scholarships to two of his children and other relatives of district personnel.

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Ascension Parish Schools take distance learning to a new level

Ascension Parish Schools are taking learning to another level with the use of Edgenuity, an online learning program designed to keep students of all learning styles on track by providing more options.

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Toyota, Discovery Ed invite teens to make videos to inspire safe driving

Toyota and Discovery Education announced the 2014 Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge, which invites teens to create original videos to inspire their peers to be safer drivers. Contestants compete for the chance to win $15,000.

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