Is It Time for a CIO?

Our Technology Coordinator was hired to provide staff and teacher support, but in reality, she spends most of her time dealing with equipment and software issues. As a result, implementation of the technology plan is piecemeal, at best. What can we do?

When it comes to systemic implementation of the technology plan, school districts with large and/or growing technology investments would benefit from considering a strategy used by most businesses: hire a Chief Information Officer (CIO). Why? Because a CIO’s primary job is to stay abreast of technology innovations and oversee decisions made regarding purchasing, maintenance, and other technical issues. A CIO is also responsible for insuring that the organization’s infrastructure supports, rather than detracts from, the work environment. This enables the Technology Coordinator, whose time is often eaten up with technical concerns, to concentrate on working directly with staff and teachers on effective use of the technology.

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