[The following is a press release from Tony Roehrick, Superintendent, Cabrillo Unified School District.]
The Governing Board of the Cabrillo Unified School District is pleased to announce the District’s progress in improving our technological infrastructure and in bringing updated computer technology into the hands of students and teachers.
These advancements have been funded through proceeds from the sale of Measure S bonds and are critical to allowing the district to prepare its students for success on statewide exams, college, and future careers.
During the 2012-13 school year, the District upgraded its technological backbone by replacing antiquated servers, recabling fiber and copper systems, and installing wireless bandwidth access at every school site. Upgrading and installing this infrastructure was critical to our ability to deliver an appropriate level of dependable bandwidth to our students and teachers. To accomplish this, the District utilized $379,459 in bond funds.
In light of the new, rigorous state standards for student achievement, called the Common Core, school districts across the state are implementing new technology and curriculum. The new statewide exams will be entirely computerized, which requires students to have every-day access to technology in order to prepare for the tests and to excel. Measure S funds have allowed our District to stay ahead of the curve and fully implement the technology infrastructure and classroom technology that will be necessary for the Common Core curriculum.
To adequately prepare for the new Common Core curriculum, the District also partnered with the Cabrillo Education Foundation (CEF) to pilot the use of new, 21st century technology in classrooms to see which devices and technologies will best serve our students. The District allocated $77,509 to the pilot and CEF contributed $15,000 to the project. In addition, the District developed a technology plan that outlines our roadmap to deeply integrate technology as an everyday tool. This plan is located on the District website here.
This past summer, the District trained thirty teachers in the effective use of technology in their classrooms. These teachers will serve as models for their colleagues as we continue to provide training and support to every teacher. Along with the training, these teachers received class sets of tablets for classroom use, a Smart Board and a personal computing device. The District used $402,725 in bond funds. An additional project this year provided updated technology for our high school science labs. This represented an additional investment of bond proceeds in the amount of $22,000.
To date, the District has used $919,337 in bond proceeds towards technology. The investment of Measure S funds into our classrooms will prepare students for the new, rigorous Common Core standards. Along with higher expectations for students, students will be required to access a companion on-line assessment system. By integrating these tools into everyday classroom practice, our students will have an advantage as the tools they use for assessment will be familiar and predictable. The existing parcel tax Measure E, which was approved by local voters in June 2014, will continue to provide ongoing maintenance for the new technology systems in our schools to ensure proper functionality, in addition to some teacher training for the new devices.
Measure S was approved by the voters living within the Cabrillo Unified School District attendance area in June 2012. The measure will provide $81 million to improve the District’s facilities, increase energy efficiency, and bring technology into the hands of students.