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Technology News

July 2018

The BSU website team met on July 12th regarding the redesign of our websites. We developed a draft of the sitemap. Although the general navigation will look the same for all the schools, each building will have a choice about items that will appear on their pages. The RFP has gone out to vendors and responses submitted, and a vendor will be selected before the end of July. Our go-live date for the new website is currently planned for January 1.

Our work continues on alignment/mapping activities related to Vermont's Statewide Longitudinal Data System Vertical Reporting Specifications, with assistance from our Student Information System vendor Infinite Campus. The AOE developed a checklist for specific actions to be completed by district/school personnel and their SIS vendors. We are working with Infinite Campus to complete these tasks for our on-time data submission.

Over the next few weeks, new copiers will be deployed in all of our schools and the BSU office. The tech team is reviewing drivers and configurations needed to integrate them into our network for copying/printing. Training sessions will be offered for staff in August.

Our supervisory union hosted the VITA-Learn 2018 Summer Tech Pizza Conference on July 25th. This annual Tech Pizza Conference is for IT professionals in primary, secondary and post-secondary education throughout the state. Topics for discussions included cybersecurity, network, student information and data privacy, and day-to-day management issues.

The tech team has been extremely busy over the summer as we continue to upgrade, overhaul and clean out the IT inventory. I hope you express your appreciation for their hard work when you see them as school resumes.