Written by Debbie Karcher
This is the time of year when superintendent changes and announcements are made. Districts do not like to change leadership in the middle of a school term so as districts prepare for the 2019-20 school year there is a lot of leadership shuffling going on. New superintendents will try to quickly establish academic, community, and operational goals but unless specifically hired to solve an IT issue this is not the area a new superintendent will immediately focus his/her attention.
But in the meantime, many problems could exist or are emerging in the IT organization. Superintendents should or have a trusted individual examine the following areas: equal access to technology in all schools, e-rate, IT contracts, personnel adds/reductions over five-years and future staff retirements, cyber security and protecting student and employee data, and if possible, try to capture an IT satisfaction rate.
The above is meant as a checklist for new superintendents but they can be performed at any time by sitting superintendent or a Chief Information Officer. It provides a good pulse of the IT organization and can allow administration to reprioritize activities, reset service levels, and develop strategies for technology in the district.