January 22, 2008
RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227
TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE MEETING
JANUARY 22, 2008
The Technology Committee of the Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on January 22, 2008, in the Board Room at the District Administrative Center, Olympia Fields, Illinois.
Mrs. Moten called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.
Present: Moten (Member), Imoukhuede (Member), Brookins (Chair – 7:12 p.m.)
Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Mr. Koutavas, Mrs. Treichel, Ms. Waite
Mrs. Moten recognized Mr. Hunigan, who passed out a proposal to District 227 from Revere Consulting. If approved, Revere will be conducting a technology audit for the District. Mr. Hunigan added that he felt it was good to have an outside firm come in to see if the direction the District is headed in regards to technology is appropriate. He noted that Revere has worked with the District in the past and is located in the area. In addition, Revere is talking about providing internship opportunities for students in the District. If approved by the Technology Committee, Mr. Hunigan will take the proposal to the full board for approval.
Mrs. Brookins asked if the proposed rate per hour that Revere will charge is comparable. Mr. Hunigan responded that it is very comparable. The Technology Committee authorized Mr. Hunigan to bring the proposal to the full Board of Education for approval. He asked the Technology Committee if they would like Mr. Revere to come to the Board meeting. They responded that they would.
Mrs. Moten asked if Mr. Revere would be assessing the District’s needs for the future. Mr. Koutavas responded that the needs proposal would be for 3 – 5 years out.
Mr. Hunigan informed the Committee that Mr. Koutavas and Mr. Hampton would be attending a Technology Grant Workshop on Friday. If the grant is received, they would be checking to see if some of these costs would be covered.
Mr. Koutavas went over the 2007-2008 technology budget year. He noted that the bids would be going out in February for the items on the technology replacement cycle. The work will be completed over the summer. Mr. Koutavas suggested that the technology audit be completed first.
Mr. Koutavas noted that the auto dialer has been installed and is working.
Mr. Hunigan asked the Technology Committee members if they would like to be connected to the auto dialer to get the messages that go out. The three members of the Technology Committee (Mrs. Moten, Mrs. Brookins, Mr. Imoukhuede) stated they would like to be connected. Mr. Hunigan will check with the other Board members to see if they, too, would like to be connected to the auto dialer.
Mr. Koutavas noted that the wireless access points at Rich Central had been completed. He went over the technology construction projects, which fall under the technology budget.
At 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Brookins left the meeting.
Mr. Koutavas gave a breakdown on parental access statistics relative to use of PowerSchool. The percent of students whose records have been accessed in PowerSchool has increased to 66.5%. Mr. Koutavas noted that only 13.9% of parents have signed up to receive progress reports via email. He noted that this feature of PowerSchool needs to publicized more.
Mrs. Moten asked how many student records are not accessed. Mr. Koutavas responded that he will get that information. He will have the numbers by school.
Mr. Hunigan added that he would like to see how these students are doing in school.
Mr. Imoukhuede asked to see the racial breakdown of all students. Mr. Koutavas will get that information.
Mr. Koutavas noted that PowerGrade has been converted to PowerTeacher. On January 7, 2008, all teachers were trained in PowerTeacher. The advantages of PowerTeacher are that the information is instantly synched, teachers can input information anywhere, and it is a web based application. The District was able to import historical grades and produce a transcript with a class ranking. Mr. Koutavas displayed a copy of the new transcript produced by PowerSchool.
Mrs. Moten asked if extracurricular activities could be put on a student’s transcript. Mr. Koutavas responded that he will bring this topic up at his next meeting.
Mrs. Moten asked about the profile of the school being part of the transcript. Mr. Koutavas noted he will check on this. It was his opinion that the profile was attached to the transcript.
Mr. Koutavas announced that students are now able to register on line. In March, he will be bringing Pearson in to work on actually creating the master schedule. There will be follow up training for building the master schedule.
Mrs. Moten asked if parents were able to look at courses with their students and change them. Mr. Koutavas responded that they can right now but after registration the ability to change courses will be turned off. The District does not want changes in the schedules without the input of the counselors.
Mr. Imoukhuede asked how the parents get involved. Mr. Hunigan responded that the parents need to work through the counselors.
Mr. Koutavas went over the November 19 PowerSchool survey. Only three items have not been resolved. One of these items not resolved was in regard to documenting interventions for a group. PowerSchool does not have that feature.
Mr. Hunigan added that there is risk in allowing interventions to be documented in mass.
Mrs. Moten noted that the goal of the District is to have one on one interventions.
Mr. Koutavas responded that this suggestion will not be acted on at this time.
At 7:53 p.m. Mrs. Moten adjourned the meeting.