The Lincoln County Board of Education unanimously approved a two-year technology plan for Lincoln County Schools during its meeting Wednesday night.
As presented by Lee Oâ€™Neal, director of Instructional Technology and Media, the plan is a result of a state-mandated educational technology plan to enhance teaching and learning within schools, with each local administrative unit required to create and implement its own plan.
Oâ€™Neal said the plans used to be for a five-year span of time but will now be submitted every two years, with the current plan for 2012-2014.
The system-level plan was developed by the districtâ€™s K-12 Technology Task Force, which is comprised of media coordinators, teachers, administrators and parents. It consists of a vision statement and five strategic priorities for Lincoln County Schools.
Those priorities include participating in the shared-services model, providing universal access to personal teaching and learning devices, providing access to digital teaching and learning resources (including digital textbooks), providing access to technology-enabled professional development and implementing 21st Century leadership within the school system.
In response to a question from board member Bob Silver regarding how aggressive the school system is in terms of technology, Oâ€™Neal said it is “on par” with other districts.
She said they purposely left the plan generic to account for any cutting-edge changes that may occur.
“We want to be ready to grab it when they provide it,” she added.
As the Times-News previously reported, the board recently approved one-time funding for SMART Boards for local elementary classrooms, which are now in the process of being installed. A schedule for training on the new digital white boards for teachers is also being established.
Oâ€™Neal said the initiative is “on track” and “working like a charm.”
In other school board action at Wednesdayâ€™s meeting:
Board members unanimously passed the proposed 2012-2013 school calendar.
Board members unanimously approved a change order for the Pumpkin Center Primary multipurpose room, which will result in roughly $178,400 being credited back to Lincoln County Schools from unused contingencies.
Board members unanimously signed off on requested school renovations, including a cement pad for a batting cage at West Lincoln High School and a track around the athletic fields at Norris S. Childers Elementary School.
Board members unanimously approved a contract in the amount of almost $317,000 for a sanitary-sewer project for Iron Station Elementary School.