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Falls City school board approves technology plan
by Bain Serna
Mar 01, 2013 | 1414 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FALLS CITY – The Falls City Independent School District (FCISD) school board unanimously approved a three-year technology plan for the district, during the Feb. 20 regular school board meeting.

The goal of the three-year FCISD Technology Plan 2013-2016 is to provide a framework and guide for the continued integration of technology in all aspects of curricula for all students of all grade levels and ages of the district.

The plan addresses student standards regarding technology that adheres to requirements found in the Texas Education Code.

FCISD leadership and technology committees have worked together to “develop a logical plan for technology integration, training, infrastructure development, and cost estimation…covering the time frame of July1, 2013 through June 30, 2016,” according to the plan summary.

The stated purpose of the plan is “to articulate a common vision for technology in the district and identify the strategies that will help employees use advanced technology to provide rigorous curriculum standards, develop critical thinking skills essential for academic and workplace success, and build the capacity of all teachers to integrate technology effectively into curriculum and instruction.”

The FCISD Technology Plan 2013-2016 highlights five main goals to integrate advanced and continually evolving technology into the classroom and beyond:

Goal 1: Improve academic achievement by integrating core curriculum with appropriate technology skills training, access to and training in the use of personal devices, online applications, traditional network based software, electronically delivered learning materials, updated curricula and instruction processes to support exemplary achievement.

Goal 2: Provide ongoing focused professional development for all staff to further the effective use of the latest technology in every facet of the educational process.

Goal 3: The administration will provide resources to ensure technology is successfully integrated into curriculum resources to support the administration, management, and evaluation of the continual improvement process on teaching and learning.

Goal 4: Meet the needs of evolving curriculum challenges by improving and maintaining network infrastructure and internet access to provide equal access to all resources to both campuses and the community with the help of E-Rate funding.

Goal 5: Use technology effectively to promote parental involvement through technology opportunities.

The plan also includes a budget summary and the financial projections over three years that encompass expenses for staff development, telecommunications and internet access, materials and supplies, equipment, maintenance, and miscellaneous expense.

“The rest of the plan is the strategy of how we are going to accomplish the different standards we’ve set,” said FCISD Superintendent Linda Bettin of the three-year plan. “If something doesn’t get done within the next three years, we don’t get it done financially or facilities-wise, then we can put it in the next technology improvement plan. This does not commit the district to anything. This is just a plan for where we would like to be in three years.”

In other matters, the trustees:

• Discussed the dates and process for the interviewing of qualified candidates for the new position of elementary school principal. The interviews will be held March 6 and 7 by an interview committee consisting of three teachers, two administrators, and a board member, who will interview four applicants for the elementary principal position. The finalists from those interviews will meet with the board during a special meeting on March 13.

• Ordered the Board of Trustee elections for May 11. Included in the elections will also be a special election for the vacated seat of recently resigned board member Steven Dziuk, whose unexpired term runs through May of 2014.
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