(ATLANTIC) Atlantic School’s Technology Director, Roger Warne, presented his technology purchasing plan for the next three years to the Atlantic School Board during their work session Tuesday night.
Atlantic Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says Warne’s first priority is nailing down the ability to support the current and future technology.
“In the process right now we’re taking a look at making a fiber run to connect the High School to the rest of our other schools and that will complete the fiber connections to all the schools and certainly will help our connectivity with outside resources,’ said Amstein.
Amstein said they will also be looking into their wireless program. He said there are a number of devices hitting their network and that has really become an issue at the High School.
“A lot of people don’t realize when you have a data plan on your cell phone and you walk into the High School your cell phone immediately starts taking a look for a network connection and quickly those get used up so Roger is prioritizing that to make sure that we can go ahead and meet the demand,” explained Amstein.
And Amstein says another issue is the number of labs that need to be replaced.
“The State is talking about online testing down the road and really probably in the next couple years it may become a reality and we want to make sure that we have the capability not only to meet that demand and test a huge number of students, not only at the High School, but at the other schools, but also to have that connectivity for students and teachers during the regular classroom day,” said Amstein.
Warne also discussed the future replacement of a number of computers that are several years old. Amstein said the costs involved in the technology plan could figure around $350,000. He said at this point the School Board is looking at different ways to provide Mr. Warne with the funds necessary to go ahead and meet his vision.