School Board to discuss goals, technology, resource officers

The Shenandoah County Public Schools School Board will meet tonight to discuss the reorganization of technology services, a memorandum of understanding with the Sheriff’s Office, and the approval of division goals.

The public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the county board room. A closed meeting will be held prior to the public meeting.

As part of the board’s instructional agenda, board members will hear about the reorganization of technology services.

Superintendent Mark Johnston said this is due to the unfunded “needs-based proposed budget” that included additional technology support for the schools. The need for additional technology support arises from an increasing number of devices, increasing complexities of technology and concerns about turnaround time to service devices.

He added that in past years, the proposed budget was not sufficiently funded to provide the additional technical support needed and funds covered other school needs.

“Therefore, staff reorganized to reduce technology integration support to middle school teachers in order to increase technology integration support to high school teachers, where limited to no support was provided previously. Also, through the turnover of a staff position, the position was re-directed to provide additional network support to the division’s network to include schools,” he said. “This resulted in a decrease in support for such other areas as still video production and routine systemic production of such things as security badge production and official division photography services.”

Also at the meeting during the Ssuperintendent’s report, the board will be presented with a memorandum of understanding with the Sheriff’s Office for school resource officers.

Johnston said the position has three major components: law enforcement, education and counseling.

“All schools have an assigned school resource officer who builds relationships with students and staff, acts as a liaison between school and community services, and serves as a positive role model,” he said. “Cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office and Shenandoah County Public Schools administration is crucial to the success of the SRO Program. This memorandum of understanding outlines the purpose of an SRO, the duties and responsibilities of the school division, school administration, the SRO, and the Sheriff’s Department and reinforces the need for continued cooperation to ensure a safe and secure environment for all.”

Another agenda item will be the board’s scheduled adoption of the 2016-2017 division goals.

“The goals are revised each year in recognition of division accomplishments, which this year include such areas as short term facilities changes, boundary adjustments, and looking forward to having facilities that are adaptable to changing instructional programs,” he said.

He added that the board is also scheduled to have a work session in October to further consider the long-term facilities master plan “with expected board consideration of acceptance of the long-term facilities master plan at a subsequent board meeting.”

The board meeting will also include a tribute to International Literacy Day and a report of the first day of school.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com