MEMORANDUM From the department of technology

~ Creswell public schools ~

“Preparing Students for success”

to:                   Creswell Board of Directors and Dr. Rick Stuber

from:              JOEL HIGDON, Technology Director

subject:        Activity report

date:              4/9/2007



·      Work on the district technology budget continues within the guidelines of the 2006-2007 Budget Preparation Calendar.  The technology budget is a resource for all the students and staff of our district.  Primary technology needs at our schools include refurbishment of secondary computer labs at the high and middle schools along with the replacement of a portable lab at our elementary school.  Alas, these needs cannot be collectively addressed with our upcoming budget.  These needs along with the continued operations of the district’s technology infrastructure, despite any consequences of funding, will be met as feasible as the upcoming district technology budget will allow.  Planning and resource allocation is inline with the districts adopted Strategic Technology Plan.    


·      Pentamation update –


Oregon Department of Education has made changes to the Staff Assignment and Class Size consolidated reports.  These two key reports are due this month.  These changes require updates in the student services databases and in the way we create the reports.  Collective efforts are on the way to submit the newly formatted reports to the state.  On a related note, all our consolidated reports are submitted electronically over the internet to ODE.


Next year databases are being ramped up for scheduling and end-of-the-year roll-over procedures.


·      The district was the recipient of a donation of office furniture.  Lunar Logic, a software company based in Eugene, had a surplus of computer desks and chairs.  I received word on the availability from the company on April 2 and began the facilitation of receiving the usable items.  They also have some electronic equipment that I will be assessing in the coming days for the possibility of additional donations. 


·      The demise of the Technology Enhanced Student Assessment commonly known as TESA and its electronic testing feature is old news.  ODE has rewarded a contract with a new vender for TESA’s electronic testing feature for the 2007-2008 school year.  A significant number of computers were setup with the Vanguard program; Vanguard being the “old” vender.  Over the summer I have scheduled the removal of that program.   I am hoping that the new vender will have their software ready for distribution before the end of August.  This would allow for easy district deployment.  Here is to hoping…


·      Changes are coming to our district website.  Building on the current information sharing that happens through our web presence; new electronic versions of school information will soon become available to our patrons.  One set back will be that some of the material is compilation of documents.  The material was compiled for printing but was not necessarily “complied” for an electronic version.  Once I get the electronic copies I will convert and compile them to PDF and HTML formats.  This will allow for a cross-platform rendering.   Additionally, I have also scheduled the website for a revamping over the summer months.


Thank you