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Long Beach Island Board of Education Special Meeting: áIn accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, P.L. 1975 c. 231 this is to advise that the Long Beach Island Board of Education will hold a special meeting on June 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Ethel Jacobsen School at 200 Barnegat Avenue, Surf City, NJ 08008 for the purpose of Personnel and Attorney/Client Privilege and will contain executive session. áAction may or may not be taken.áá
Technology Overview

For many years now our students and staff in both buildings have experienced the benefits of using multimedia workstations, accessing network resources over the LAN and having high speed Internet access. In order to meet the technology needs of staff and students, the administration recognizes the need for a systematic maintenance plan as well as on-site technical support.


Maintenance contracts for hardware and non-instructional software have been established. These include hardware contracts with Dell Corporation, Keyboard Consultants and KT’s Office Services. Software contracts are maintained with BitDefender (anti virus), WebSENSE (Internet filter), hosted MSExchange/Outlook (email) through South Jersey Technology Partnership, Morris Computer Systems (Student Data System) Systems 3000 (Board Office software) and Follett (library circulation & catalog automation). On-site technical support including network administration, system design, and implementation is provided one day per week for four hours through an outside consultant from Morris Computer Systems. Additional non-network related support is provided four hours per week through a inter-local agreement with the Southern Regional School District.

 

The Long Beach Island Consolidated School District is vigilant in accommodating the needs of all students with regard to technology. In addition to hardware such as touch screens, enabling Windows Accessibility features and software such as Co-Writer, staff is sent out to a yearly assistive technology conference to be trained on the latest assistive technology devices. In addition, the district is purchasing AlphaSmart devices for the special needs students.

 All educational staff has daily access to educational technology equipment as needed throughout the district. Online calendars allow staff to reserve wireless notebooks, digital cameras and open lab times. In addition all instructional areas have at least one network PC for staff or student use.


           Administrators are provided with district wide technology equipment including individual PCs, wireless notebooks, PDAs, printers and cameras. 

 

In reviewing the district’s website, we recognize that not all of the webpages are accessible to all stakeholders using Federal Accessibility Standards. However, our website does provide translation into seven World Languages. Simply by clicking a button at the bottom of each webpage, the viewer can change the language on each page. Stakeholders are presented with an overview of the district website at Back to School Nights at each school, during Strategic Planning sessions as well as Board of Education meetings with the public. As needed, the district will make reasonable accommodations to increase accessibility.

 

          The district is committed to replacing one fourth of the obsolete equipment as well as nonfunctioning equipment yearly with specific attention focused on student PCs and notebooks. The network administrator and the technology staff make determination of obsolescence.  Network servers are updated on an as needed basis.

 

To improve student academic achievement the district is researching the implementation of  equipment and programs such as: Alpha Smart, additional SmartBoards, Study Island, Individualized Student Online Assessment, DRA handheld devices, onsite student email software, and network projectors, flip cameras, interactive student response system, additional webcams, instructional software for the primary grades.    


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