to: Creswell Board of Directors and Dr. Rick Stuber
from: JOEL HIGDON, Technology Director
subject: Activity report
· The district was the recipient of a nice donation of technology components from Northwest Credit Union. Thirteen Dell Pentium 4 computers and thirteen CRT monitors as well as various accompanying cables were received with gratitude. The equipment was of a newer vintage and within our service life criteria. Once the computers are configured for our district’s network environment they will be put into service at the middle school. Ten units will replace aged workstations in the 2nd computer lab and the remaining three will be used to supplement the main lab for online state assessment testing.
· No glitches.
Online assessment testing has started at the high school. This first round worked smoothly. We were cutting it close for getting the high school labs ready. This was not done by design. This year OAKS testing (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) required new customized secure web browsers as well as a second set of customized secure web browsers for any practice sessions. The needed browsers were not ready for deployment from the state in a timely fashion. Preparing the labs for state assessment testing wrapped up only days before online testing would begin.
Creslane and the middle school will start their first round of testing in late November and early December.
For the technical side of the assessment testing we will continue to work closely with building administration and staff to ensure as smooth and glitch free testing as possible. Wish us luck.
· Just around the corner.
It seems just the other day ceremonial dirt was being shoveled for the groundbreaking of our new middle school construction. Now tentative occupancy is scheduled for this coming spring.
This department has been working closely on the technology aspects of the building. Intentionally certain components of the buildings were left for us to implement. This allows for a tighter control on the specifications plus implementation for components such as the phone system, security cameras, built-in wireless network access points, and the scattering of built-in multimedia projectors. Some of these items are part of the construction bond and others are covered under the facility grant. The logistics of getting these components in place are on track.
It is exciting to see the building as a whole progressing so nicely.