Prepared Text for Board Meeting Ė
Marc A. Schare†
Tonight, I have three comments. ††
First, it is a truism that
elections tell us things, although we have to be open and receptive to the
messages that voters try to communicate. It was widely reported that 84 of 180
school district issues across
Second, two weeks ago one of our public speakers left one of our old IMACS on my desk to take home and President Best requested that I report back on our findings. I plugged the IMAC into my wireless network and within a few minutes, I had a fully functional computer that was capable of surfing the internet and doing rudimentary word processing tasks. As Mr. Cooper indicated, with the installation of a new operating system and a reasonable amount of memory, the computer was quite usable for these tasks. Subsequent investigations revealed that for around $100-$125 apiece, these old computers could be upgraded and used to augment the technology replacement program currently going on in Worthington Schools. A meeting of the districtís technology committee did highlight the obvious problem with trying to support this configuration, however, I would argue that support is unnecessary. If one of the computers fails, we can simply throw it away. Iíve spoken to a number of elementary school teachers who believe that more computers would be better than less computers, even if some of them are old, and they would be willing to accept the fact that some of the computers would be unsupported and, if broken, thrown out. The bottom line issue is that we are reducing usable resources out of a fear that if we provide those resources, an entitlement would be created. I have more faith in our teachers and believe that if we simply let them know that the old computers are unsupported and the only support services that would be centrally provided would be to haul them away, they would happily play by those rules. I would urge the administration to consider using the older technology to augment what we are able to provide with the bond money.
Third, each of us received
literature from OSBA calling for modifications to their legislative platform.
As you might recall, we had somewhat of an epiphany last year when we realized
that a small number of school districts have a disproportionate number of
modifications. All it takes is a resolution to get the proposal in front of
OSBA where it will be evaluated by a committee which, by the way, I am a part
of. If nothing else, this would provide an easy way for
Finally, Iíd like to thank my colleagues for agreeing to restore board member updates to their previous spot in the agenda sequence.