Update For Directors

The Warren County School District board of directors received an update on the goals of the district during its meeting Monday evening.

“Normally we review our goals annually, however with the superintendent coming on board this year we delayed our goal process by six months. So instead of those goals being done in August of last year they were done in the spring of 2014 and now rather than changing those goals, we’re simply a few months into them, it would be an opportune time tonight to review those goals. We’ll find out where we are in the implementation in the goals and strategy,” said board President Arthur Stewart said.

“Goals are just that, something you set and strive towards,” Superintendent Dr. William Clark said, “…regardless, you try to strive towards them, either way at least your trying to get a little bit better and that’s what were trying to do with the school system as a whole.”

Clark suggested the board switch the fourth and first goals after receiving feedback that suggests the fourth goal that deals with student support is less important than number one.

“If you look at your goals, goal number four is the first time you talk about kids. And I wanted everybody to understand in this room and in the public, these are not in sequential order. They are not in order of preference,” Clark said.

Establishing a replacement cycle for hardware, equipment, software and network infrastructure used in the district with a long-term funding strategy is the technology goal that is being developed. In the past, the district tried to replace about one-sixth of the technology in the district each year, “which makes it affordable to do it over the course of time rather than do it in one big purchase,” Brian Collopy, coordinator of technology/information management, said.

The hardware equipment cycle was estimated to cost $200,000 but Collopy said that can change with the curriculum. The software replacement cycle was estimated to cost $500,000 and the network and infrastructure replacement cycle is estimated at $300,000 . Both are to be reviewed in committee meetings.

“We can go a seventh, we can go an eighth, we just know that a six gives us a replacement every six years for that equipment,” Collopy said.

“As we continue through time and see declining enrollment, do we reevaluate any of our bulk licenses and how do those actually work?” board member Donna Zariczny asked.

The bulk licenses are usually signed for three-year contracts and the district last signed an agreement with Microsoft in March and saw a decrease in about $15,000, Collopy said.

“Are we also looking at the possibility of our textbooks going digital and would that be covered under this replacement cycle as well?” Zariczny asked.

Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Gary Weber said digital textbooks are something that will be explored during the curriculum writing process.

“Right now as far as issues we’re having, as Brian has talked about is getting the infrastructure in place so that if we decide to go that route that we have the capability for kids to bring devices and be able to have a large capacity of students to log on, to be able to do that wirelessly,” Weber said. “We’re tied together at the hip on that, part of it’s infrastructure, part of it’s software. It would be nice to move in that direction.”

Stewart asked the board how often it wants to revisit the goals and how can the format be improved.

Board member Paul Mangione said he thought it would be a good idea to revisit the goals in January or September to help move the budget process along and provide more information to personnel.

Stewart told Clark the board would want to revisit the goals in January.