Atkinson, Brownville, LaGrange and Milo - Maine School Administrative District #41

TECHNOLOGY PLAN 2004-2007

MSAD #41 Technology Plan
2004 - 2005 to 2006 - 2007


Community and Parental Involvement

MSAD #41 has a Technology Committee that is made up of district administration, teachers, students, parents, school board members and community members. The committee meets quarterly as a minimum or as needed. Minutes of each meeting are sent to a district technology folder so that any school member can read the minutes and become involved in creating and implementing the district technology plan. A district website is hosted at this link:

http://www.msad41.us

Messages to the community are posted on the district website on a weekly basis. MSAD #41's webmaster counts the number of hits to the website on a monthly basis and reports hits to the committee.

Part of the vision of the technology committee is to involve parents and the community more and more over time.

At public school board meetings this year, members and community guests to the meeting were able to view three technology presentations throughout the year. The board is informed of technology events on a monthly basis.

MSAD #41'a technology committee started meeting in August of 2003 to write this plan. Committee members went through a visioning process and then drafted and edited the plan over the course of the school year.

During the school year 2004-2005, MSAD #41 has hired a Director of Instructional Technology whose main responsibilities will be to increase the use of technology to staff and keep the community informed and involved in technology. The formation of this role is the direct result of the meetings of the district technology committee.

Technology Mission and Vision

  • Mission - It is the mission of MSAD #41's Technology Committee to develop and implement a school district technology plan that focuses on the realistic needs of our community, staff and students and that provides our students with the skills they need to participate in a global economy. The technology committee believes these things are critical pieces to a quality, integrated technology program:
    · Continuous education and staff / student / community training
    · Integration of technology with all core subject areas
    · Clear skill pathways for staff and students
    · Simple access to technology
    · Acquisition of grant dollars
    · Prioritization of resources yearly to communicate technology needs to funders
  • Vision - MSAD #41's Technology Committee envisions these practices using technology in the next five years:
    · All staff and students will have simple access to technology devices and will acquire the skills needed to communicate information.
    · Technology will be accessed for all presentation and data collection needs in the district.
    · Students will access technology for information now found in textbooks.
    · All schools will have high-speed Internet connections.
    · Parent communication using technology will be the norm.
    · The entire community will have access to information using technology.

Goals

Goal One: Complete yearly assessment of staff technology competencies, monitor staff growth in the use of technology and provide necessary training.

Objective:
• 100% of MSAD #41 staff will meet Level II or Level III technology competencies by June of 2005.

  1. Action Steps:
    1. Hire technology staff developer to assess staff needs and work with staff to improve the integration of technology into teaching. (Yearly cost of $35,000 plus benefits; Year One Title IID Competitive Funds.)
    2. Maintain staff developer position (Source unknown at this point.)
    3. Technology committee will monitor gains of staff and suggest ideas for improvement. (Yearly cost for technology committee is $500 for printing, paper, snacks; Use Title IID funds.)
    4. Rewrite technology competencies over time in an effort to meet the ever-changing demands of technology. Develop and maintain competency list for staff and students. Transfer list to community member list. (Cost not known.)
    5. Support staff needs with appropriate training. (Yearly cost is $5,000 to offer necessary training; Title IIA.)
    6. Support training needs of technology staff developer. (Yearly cost is $2,000; Title IID.)

Outcome:
By June 30, 2005 100% of staff will meet either Level II or Level III technology competencies.

Goal Two: Maintain technical positions in order to keep technology in district up to date and accessible for students and staff.

Objective:
•Support 1-to-1 computing for teachers and 1-to-3 computing ratio for students. (One to one computing ratio at grades 7 and 8; possibly at 9-12.)

  1. Action Steps:
    1. Maintain 2 tech positions, one at grades K-6 and one at grades 7-12. (Yearly cost is $50,000 salaries plus benefits; local budget.)
    2. Support training needs of technicians. (Yearly cost is $2,000; Title IID.)
    3. Support laptop integration at grades 9-12 with additional personnel as needed. (Yearly cost could be an additional $25,000 if laptops are purchased for one additional grade per year; Funding source not known at this time.)
    4. Upgrade infrastructure at Penquis Valley School to support laptops. ($10,000 one-time cost; Title V.)
    5. Budget funds to support laptop lease (if state negotiates increase) at $150 per student, per year. (Cost will include 250 students yearly at $150 per student at $37,500 per year; Funding source not known at this time.)
    6. Maintain thin client terminals at Penquis Complex. (Yearly cost is $4,000; 7-12 budget.)
    7. Develop replacement plan for K-6 laptop labs on a 4-year cycle. (Annual cost is $25,000; Funding source not known at this time.)
    8. Support network upgrade at Milo Elementary. (Cost is $1,000; local budget.)
    9. Support printer upgrades on a 4-year cycle. (Annual cost is $1,500; local budget.)
    10. Update CAD lab. (Cost is $8,500 every three years. Local budget.)

Outcome:
• Staff to computer ratio is 1 -to- 1 and student to computer ratio is 1 to 2 or lower.
•Computers are 95% operable at all times.

Goal Three: Upgrade and maintain district communication system and continue to add opportunities for community connectivity and communication with school system and to the outside community.

Objective:
•Connect 100% of staff for communication with technology.
•Connect 100% of parents with technology.
•Enter all pertinent information using Web2School.

  1. 1. Investigate (and connect within three years) use of local cable system for school to community communication. (Cost is unknown at this time.)
    2. Develop and support school - to - community plan for communication. (Cost not known at this time.)
    3. Support afterschool community technology course and open lab offerings. (Cost per year is $2,000; Adult Education funding.)
    4. Investigate service learning program to offer technology access and training at all district senior citizen homes. (Cost is not known at this time.)
    5. Add two more community members and two more students to district technology committee.
    6. Support district website.
    7. Upgrade district First Class email system. (Cost is $6,500; Title IID.)
    8. Investigate possibility of running First Class system from one server. (Possible server upgrade cost of $2,000; local budget.)
    9. Create replacement plan (4-year cycle) for staff laptop use. (Annual cost of $10,000; local budget.)
    10. Support district use of Web2School program to meet local and state-level needs. (Training cost is $2,000; local budget.)
    11. Automate 7-12 card catalog. (One time cost of $6,500. Source of funding is not known at this time.)
    12. Support iTeams at grades 7 and 8 for professional development purposes. Cost for stipends is $2,000. (Title IID)

Outcomes:
•100% of staff are connected by highly accessible technology.
•100% of parents communicate with school using technology.
•Web2School data meets needs locally and at the state level.


Goal Four: Maintain and upgrade as needed all computer software in district.

Objective:
•100% of machines run software needed to integrate classroom learning.

  1. Action Steps:
    1. Purchase (on yearly basis) needed software site licenses and upgrades. (Yearly cost of $5,000; Budget between grants and local funds.)
    2. Purchase new software as needed to support use of technology in the classroom. (Yearly cost of $5,000; Budget between grants and local funds.)
    3. Support virus protection on all machines. (Yearly cost of $1,000; Title IID funds.)
    4. Support Investigations and Connected Math programs with suitable software. (Yearly cost is not known.)

Outcomes:
•100% of district machines run software to integrate curriculum; software is up to date.

Identify Necessary Technology

Current Technology Inventory

Current Hardware Inventory, K-6

Quantity Description Building Milo
1 First Class Server
2 Mac Monitor, Spare
2 Powerbook, Sign out
4 16 Port Hub
1 Server Power Backup
14 Power Mac G 3
22 IMac
15 Alphasmart
12 3M Overhead Projector
1 Epson Scanner
1 Pioneer Laser Disc
1 GE 21" TV
1 Zenith 19" TV
1 Goldstar VCR
21 Ibook G 3
3 Airport Base Stations
2 Imation Super Disk
1 Xerox Phaser 860 DX
2 Sony Digital Cameras
1 Bedford Mobile Cart
2 NEC Monitor
8 Printers
1 Apple Monitor
1 Apple IIE
1 LC 575
1 Sanyo TV
1 Emerson VCR
1 Magnavox DVD
1 Epson Printer
1 EMac
1 Paradyne DSU
1 Cisco Router
1 Symphonic VCR
1 Zenith DVD
1 Sony Mavica FD-81

Quantity Description Building Brownville
1 PPC 5400-120
7 PPC 5400/180
1 5 Port Hub
3 8 Port Hub
1 24-Port Hub
5 Power Mac G 3
13 IMac
16 Alphasmart
6 3M Overhead Projector
2 Televisions
5 VCR
2 Airport Base Station
1 Xerox Phaser 860 DP
1 Sony Mavica
1 Apollo Overhead
1 HP Scanner
1 NEC Monitor
1 Dell Flat Screen Monitor
1 Sony Big Screen TV
1 Classic DVD
1 HP Pavilion
1 Dell PC
1 Canon DV Camera
1 Epson Projector
2 HP Printer
3 Apple Monitor
3 Apple IIE

Quantity Description Building Lagrange
2 PPC 5260/120
1 Laserwriter 320
2 8 Port Hubs
1 PPC 5260/100
6 IMac
15 Alphasmart
3 3M Overhead Projectors
12 Ibook G 3
1 Airport Base Station
1 Sony Handy Cam
1 Sony Mavica FD-73
1 JVC Camera
1 JVC TV
1 Zenith DVD/VHS
1 Bedford Mobile Cart
1 Epson Projector
1 HP Printer
4 PPC 5400/120 6th Grade
2 PPC 5400/180
1 LaserWriter 360
1 LaserWriter 320
1 Etherwave
1 Sharp Projector
1 PPC 5260/100
4 IMac
15 Alphasmart
4 3M Overhead Projector
1 RCA 21" TV
1 PPC 5400/75LC
1 Pioneer Laser Disc
1 RCA VCR
19 Ibook G 3
1 Airport Base Station
1 CNET 16 Port Hub
1 Imation Super Disk
1 MicroTec Scanner
1 Sony Mavica FD-75
1 Sony Handy Cam
1 Bretford Mobile Cart
1 HP Printer
1 Ibook G 3
38 Ibook G 4
1 Toshiba Laptop

Inventory, 7-12

Quantity Description Penquis Valley
22 PC Laptops
182 Apple iBooks
6 Digital cameras
14 B W Laser Printers
1 Color Laser
1 Color Wax
5 Color Inkjet
1 Color Plott
1 7 Tray CD tower
1 42" Plasma Display
3 27" Color TV's with carts
4 Scanners
2 Fax machines
6 Copiers
19 15 - 17" monitors
Misc. Cables, cards, connectors, keyboards, mice
1 13" TV with VCR
1 DVD / VCR
82 Online desktop computers
30 Offline computer units w/o monitor
14 Online units with monitors
50 Offline units w/o monitor
8 Servers
17 Switches
11 Hubs (various sizes)
6 Switches (various sizes)
1 Webcam
17 Wireless access points
2 Wireless router bridges
2 Wireless print servers
40 PCI network cards
10 USB network cards
1 USB hub
26 Whittle Channel 1 TV's
8 TV's
8 TV / VCR Combos
14 VCR's
3 DVD Players
10 Overheads
1 Copier in Library
5 Digital Still Video Cameras
2 Digital Video Cameras
3 Analog Video Cameras
2 Mini-Cassette Tape Recorders
9 Cassette Tape Recorders
2 CD Boom Boxes
2 Cassette Boom Boxes
1 Radio
1 CD Player Portable
1 VCR Copier
3 Pen Drives
1 IMac for video editing

New equipment and services to be purchased (This list is taken from goals above.)

Equipment
o Support laptop integration, 9-12
o Upgrade infrastructure at Penquis Valley to support laptops
o Support laptop lease, if necessary
o Maintain thin client terminals at Penquis Valley
o Replace K-6 laptop cart units on a four-year plan
o Support network upgrade at Milo Elementary
o Support printer upgrades on a four-year cycle
o Upgrade CAD lab
o Purchase needed software to keep district classrooms up to date
o Support virus protection software on all machines
o Support Connected Math and Investigations math with technology
o Connect district technology system to local cable network to form solid informational link with community
o Create service learning community technology project to wire senior citizen complexes in the district.
o Support district website
o Upgrade district First Class system
o Replace staff laptops on a four-year cycle
o Support Web2School database
o Automate 7-12 card catalog for district wide access

Services
o Technology staff developer
o Maintenance of staff technology competencies
o Support needs of staff (for technology) with easily accessible training
o Support training needs of staff developer
o Maintain 2 technician positions (One K-6 and one 7-12)
o Support training needs of technicians
o Support afterschool technology open labs
o Support grades 7-8 iTeams

Collaboration with Adult Literacy Service Providers

MSAD #41's Adult and Community Education Director is a member of the District Technology Committee. The adult education program is committed to working with the district to meet the technology goals brought forth in this plan. The Adult Education program will offer distance learning courses through the ITV program at the Milo site; the Adult Education program will offer community technology learning course (at least 2 each semester) so that community members can learn the necessary skills to keep them current in their use of technology.

The Adult Education program will maintain a computer lab on site in at Penquis Valley so that daytime and evening courses can be offered to community members without interrupting high school coursework.

MSAD #41's Even Start Family Literacy Program requires all students to participate in technology courses.

MSAD #41's Adult Education program will offer the Praxis exam online for all educational technicians in the district.

Strategies for Improving Academic Achievement and Teacher Effectiveness

MSAD #41's District Technology Committee is committed to defining and keeping current technology proficiency standards developed to meet Maine's Learning Results and to set a technology standard for the district. Currently, MSAD #41 has three technology competency levels for all staff. It is the district's goal to move all staff to at least a Level 2 status by June of 2005. These competencies will be updated yearly.

During the 2004 - 2005 school year, MSAD #41 will develop a set of technology skills for students in Grades K-12. All students and teachers will be held accountable to these standards and results of each student's demonstration of skills will be kept in his or her portfolio.

MSAD #41 uses Education Technology Funds to support professional development needs of teachers, educational technicians, administrators and technology coordinators. Ed Tech funds are also used to help the district meet hardware and software needs as prioritized in the technology plan. Funds are spent equitably among the three district elementary schools and the one 7-12 school, Penquis Valley. Each school is represented well on the technology committee.

MSAD #41 will use current Ed Tech competitive funds to fund a position called Director of Instructional Technology. Edie Miles will fill this position during the 2004-2005 school year and then funds will be sought to extend this position in to the future. Edie's role will be to assess teachers against the current technology competencies and offer staff development to staff members. Edie will also strive to form a link with the community and strengthen that link over time by helping the technology committee set and achieve realistic technology goals.

Staff who reach a Level 2 Technology Competency will have the necessary skills to integrate technology into the curriculum they teach 50% of the time.

Integration of Technology with Curricula, Instruction and Assessment
MSAD #41 teacher will work to form a plan this year to integrate technology into their instructional program. The Director of Instructional Technology will visit classrooms to help this happen and to assess the impact. MSAD #41 expects all teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms by June of 2005. The district has purchased a laptop computer for each teacher in the district and staff must show gains in use of technology to keep the laptop. This has proven to be a strong incentive toward full technology integration.

Teachers will be evaluated against their use of technology during the 2004-2005 school year. Goals for integrating technology will increase each year. We expect full technology integration by the 2006-2007 school year as staff move toward a Level 3 technology competency. Level 3 requires that teachers access quality materials on the internet to use in their classrooms, present materials to students using technology, require students to use technology in the classroom, and evaluate their use of technology on a yearly basis. All teachers will be asked to have one goal for improvement in technology each year for at least the next three years.

MSAD #41 is using student email systems and will begin to collect parent email addresses this year. Information will be sent to both students and parents over email. Upper grade levels will begin requiring submission of homework over email this year. This will be assessed on a yearly basis and new goals will be set each year to increase the use of technology by all who use it.

Technology Type and Costs, and Coordination with Funding Sources

Goal One: Complete yearly assessment of staff technology competencies, monitor staff growth in the use of technology and provide necessary training. To be completed by June 2005.

Objective:
•100% of MSAD #41 staff will meet Level II or Level III technology competencies by June of 2005.

Action Steps:
7. Hire technology staff developer to assess staff needs and work with staff to improve the integration of technology into teaching. (Yearly cost of $35,000 plus benefits; Year One Title IID Competitive Funds.)
8. Maintain staff developer position (Source unknown at this point.)
9. Technology committee will monitor gains of staff and suggest ideas for improvement. (Yearly cost for technology committee is $500 for printing, paper, snacks; Use Title IID funds.)
10. Rewrite technology competencies over time in an effort to meet the ever-changing demands of technology. Develop and maintain competency list for staff and students. Transfer list to community member list. (Cost not known.)
11. Support staff needs with appropriate training. (Yearly cost is $5,000 to offer necessary training; Title IIA.)
12. Support training needs of technology staff developer. (Yearly cost is $2,000; Title IID.)

Outcome:
•By June 30, 2005 100% of staff will meet either Level II or Level III technology competencies.

Goal Two: Maintain technical positions in order to keep technology in district up to date and accessible for students and staff. (Competed by June 2006.)

Objective:
•Support 1-to-1 computing for teachers and 1-to-3 computing ratio for students. (One to one computing ratio at grades 7 and 8; possibly at 9-12.)

Action Steps:
1. Maintain 2 tech positions, one at grades K-6 and one at grades 7-12. (Yearly cost is $50,000 salaries plus benefits; local budget.)
2. Support training needs of technicians. (Yearly cost is $2,000; Title IID.)
3. Support laptop integration at grades 9-12 with additional personnel as needed. (Yearly cost could be an additional $25,000 if laptops are purchased for one additional grade per year; Funding source not known at this time.)
4. Upgrade infrastructure at Penquis Valley School to support laptops. ($10,000 one-time cost; Title V.)
5. Budget funds to support laptop lease (if state negotiates increase) at $150 per student, per year. (Cost will include 250 students yearly at $150 per student at $37,500 per year; Funding source not known at this time.)
6. Maintain thin client terminals at Penquis Complex. (Yearly cost is $4,000; 7-12 budget.)
7. Develop replacement plan for K-6 laptop labs on a 4-year cycle. (Annual cost is $25,000; Funding source not known at this time.)
8. Support network upgrade at Milo Elementary. (Cost is $1,000; local budget.)
9. Support printer upgrades on a 4-year cycle. (Annual cost is $1,500; local budget.)
10. Update CAD lab. (Cost is $8,500 every three years. Local budget.)

Outcome:
a. Staff to computer ratio is 1 -to- 1 and student to computer ratio is 1 to 2 or lower.
b. Computers are 95% operable at all times.

Goal Three: Upgrade and maintain district communication system and continue to add opportunities for community connectivity and communication with school system and to the outside community. (Complete by June 2007.)


Objective:
•Connect 100% of staff for communication with technology.
•Connect 100% of parents with technology.
•Enter all pertinent information using Web2School.

1. Investigate (and connect within three years) use of local cable system for school to community communication. (Cost is unknown at this time.)
2. Develop and support school - to - community plan for communication. (Cost not known at this time.)
3. Support afterschool community technology course and open lab offerings. (Cost per year is $2,000; Adult Education funding.)
4. Investigate service learning program to offer technology access and training at all district senior citizen homes. (Cost is not known at this time.)
5. Add two more community members and two more students to district technology committee.
6. Support district website.
7. Upgrade district First Class email system. (Cost is $6,500; Title IID.)
8. Investigate possibility of running First Class system from one server. (Possible server upgrade cost of $2,000; local budget.)
9. Create replacement plan (4-year cycle) for staff laptop use. (Annual cost of $10,000; local budget.)
10. Support district use of Web2School program to meet local and state-level needs. (Training cost is $2,000; local budget.)
11. Automate 7-12 card catalog. (One time cost of $6,500. Source of funding is not known at this time.)
12. Support iTeams at grades 7 and 8 for professional development purposes. Cost for stipends is $2,000. (Title IID)

Outcomes:
a. 100% of staff are connected by highly accessible technology.
b. 100% of parents communicate with school using technology.
c. Web2School data meets needs locally and at the state level.


Goal Four: Maintain and upgrade as needed all computer software in district. (Complete Yearly, by June 2004, 2005 and 2006.)

Objective:
•100% of machines run software needed to integrate classroom learning.

Action Steps:
1. Purchase (on yearly basis) needed software site licenses and upgrades. (Yearly cost of $5,000; Budget between grants and local funds.)
2. Purchase new software as needed to support use of technology in the classroom. (Yearly cost of $5,000; Budget between grants and local funds.)
3. Support virus protection on all machines. (Yearly cost of $1,000; Title IID funds.)
4. Support Investigations and Connected Math programs with suitable software. (Yearly cost is not known.)

Outcomes:
a. 100% of district machines run software to integrate curriculum; software is up to date.

Explanation of Technology Funding Sources

MSAD #41 has created one plan and one vision for technology over the next three years. Funding to make this plan a reality will come from several sources and will be used as it becomes available. Funding sources are as follows:

b. Local dollars.(E-rate) MSAD #41 budgets $25,000 at K-6 and an additional $25,000 at the 7-12 level each year to support technology.
c. Title IA. MSAD #41 budgets up to $10,000 of Title IA dollars to support staff training for Title IA teachers and software for Title I students.
d. Title IIA. Funds are budgeted each year to support teacher technology training.
e. Title IIA. This grant ranges from $5,000 to $10,000 per year and is all used to support technology. A setaside of 25% must be budgeted for staff training from this grant.
f. Title V. This grant is usually around $10,000 per year and is dedicated totally to technology.
g. REAP. As funds are received, they will be dedicated to technology. This is a new grant. Funds are expected in the $15,000 to $20,000 per year range.
h. Competitive Title IID Technology Funds. This grant was $34,500 this year. This money is not something we can count on each year. We will reapply for these funds as they become available.
i. Adult Education local funds. These will be used for the community offerings noted in this plan.
j. Other grants. We will continue to solicit other grants as available to meet the needs identified in this plan.

Supporting Resources

MSAD #41 will need to have the following supporting resources to make this technology plan a reality:
o Maintenance contract with Web2School
o District libraries
o Site licenses with First Class, Microsoft Office, and Apple Computer
o Yearly ATM contract

Steps to Increase Accessibility

MSAD #41 has taken many steps to increase the accessibility of technology in our district. All of our schools and communities are high poverty communities. Our free and reduced lunch rate is 65% on average. The plan outlined above is one that is equitable to all schools in the district and to all communities in the district. MSAD #41 makes effective use of Ed Tech funds to support professional development of all teachers in the district to make sure that each teacher is able to deliver an effective curriculum to his or her students. MSAD #41 also maximizes Ed Tech dollars to support hardware and infrastructure needs to maintain and upgrade all technology systems in the district on an annual basis so that we can keep pace with change and offer our students one of the best learning systems in the State of Maine.

MSAD #41's Grade 8 math program has been identified as a Priority School during the 2003-2004 school year. Ed Tech funds have been dedicated to this school to upgrade the network infrastructure to maximize the use of laptops. Staff training will be offered first to teachers in this school over the next three years.

Promotion of Various Curricula and Teaching Strategies that Integrate Technology

MSAD #41 will plan selection of technologies and teaching strategies to support teaching and learning in each subject area as curriculum is revised.

MSAD #41 has hired a Director of Instructional Technology for the 2004-2005 school year. This person will help teachers match technology to curriculum needs and help them develop teaching strategies that make the best use of the technology that is most likely to maximize student learning. The Director of Instructional technology will also work with school based teams of teachers to identify and share online resources and software applications.

The district has adopted both policy-oriented and support-oriented approaches to promote curricula and teaching strategies that integrate technology.

Policy-oriented approach
v Technology criteria in teacher (and principal) evaluation instruments
v Technology criteria in a teacher's individual professional development plan.

Support-oriented approach
v The Director of Instructional Technology will facilitate workshops, co-teach, and model use of technology with staff.
v Staff will be encouraged to participate in relevant workshops offered outside of the district.

Professional Development

During the 2003-2004 school year, all district personnel were assessed with a performance task to measure their proficiency against a district developed technology task. This task was aligned with the Technology Competencies developed for MSAD #41 employees. (There are three levels in this system.) Each staff member completed the assessment and emailed it to the Adult Education Director who assembled the assessment for review. From this assessment, the district has developed priorities for staff development for the 2004-2005 school year. The priorities are listed below:

o Move all teachers, administrators, and school library media personnel to Level 2 Technology Competency by June 2005.
o Offer professional development to teachers as needed on-site
o Reassess staff needs by June 2005.

These priorities will be met by the Director of Instructional Technology who assumed her position in July of 2004. A report will be developed quarterly to inform all district personnel of the progress of this plan.

Teachers will be evaluated by building principals on their effective use of technology beginning in the 2004-2005 school year. Administrators will be evaluated by the superintendent on their effective use of technology beginning in 2004-2005. Students will be evaluated by teachers on a yearly basis beginning in the 2005-2006 school year against the student technology skills to be developed by June 2005.

Innovative Delivery Strategies

MSAD #41 is being innovative in its use of distance learning through the ATM system. Six courses were offered this year as a collaborative effort by 5 school systems in the region. Students at Penquis Valley High School were able to take courses over the distance learning system that were not offered in their high school. Plans to increase courses offered by 30% each year are currently underway. This fall, 7 regional courses will be offered over this system.

An evaluation of the impact of this system will be done by June of each year by the Principal of Penquis Valley High School.


Accountability Measures

A complete evaluation of technology is done on a yearly basis by MSAD #41. The following steps are taken as part of this evaluation system:

1. Hardware and software are inventoried and recorded.
2. Staff competencies are assessed against district measures.
3. A detailed yearly plan is created.
4. Plan is assessed yearly by technology committee.
5. Students are asked to give input into technology by survey on a yearly basis.
6. Student survey is reviewed by technology committee.
7. Technology committee develops and adjusts specific plan.
8. Report is delivered yearly to school board and press.
9. Student progress is assessed yearly by district Local Assessment System (LAS) and yearly performance goals are set.

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