The mission of our department is to provide the best and most secure content to our end users which are our students, teachers, parents, and staff members. Our department strives to help our students and teachers by putting the correct tools in their hands and at the same time help them understand the best use for those tools. We are about teaching and learning.
Educational Technology Services Staff
Jerry Johnson, Director of Technology
Jean Botting, Pupil Accounting & Data Specialist
De’Antae Davis, Network Systems Manager
Bruce Elliott, Tech Support Level 2
Linda Hansard, Tech Support Level 1
In order for us to provide the best experiences for our students and staff, please use our HELP Desk found below and submit a ticket. Your ticket will be placed in a Que and will be responded to as soon as possible. You can also call 720-2063 to try to reach a member of our team. Our team members are often in buildings so if you don’t get an answer, please leave a voicemail.
Current and Past Projects
This Fall we have began updating our Wireless configuration and access points. Most of the project has been completed (2017). We replaced the main controller as well as the access points in all of our buildings. This was partly funded through Category 2 funds via eRate. eRate reimburses the district for 85% of the completed project. The other funding source was our county wide Tech Millage.
In addition, we are in the beginning stages of updating our phone system. Our phone system is getting dated and has become hard to find technical support to keep it up to date. We will be joining the MAISD consortium this summer and a new Shortel phone system will replace our current system. We are just beginning to gather information and details at this time.
We are looking at a possible 1:1 Chromebook roll-out for the 2018-2019 school year. We will most likely choose a few grade levels to begin the 1:1. We currently have a 1:1 initiative at Moon and Nelson Elementary School. We have begun some early discussions on this project to make proper decisions this winter to prep for the next school year. We will meet on a monthly with a group consisting of teachers, administrators, and students to gather input on the project.
Both the Muskegon High and Muskegon Middle School received new classroom projectors during the summer of 2016. The same projectors have been installed during the holiday break at Moon School. The new projectors do not have a bulb to burn out thus saving the district money which also saves teachers and students more time on task! The department will look to replace the remainder of the district’s projectors in every building during the summer of 2017.
In addition, Moon School will be fully 1:1 with Chromebooks after the holiday break (January 2017) which means that students will each be assigned their own Chromebook. These Chromebooks will stay at school every day. Marquette School will be getting an additional 150 Chromebooks during the month of January to help reduce the number of devices students are sharing. This will also help our students/teachers be more “tech ready” for testing this Spring. Oakview School also is getting an influx of devices. With the help of our staff at Oakview, we will be developing a new mini-lab with 20 additional Chromebase devices. These wifi enabled devices look very similar to a desktop computer.