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Student Technology in Classrooms Up for Vote

Regional BOE expected to take action at annual reorganization meeting Monday.

At its first meeting of the new year, the West Morris Regional Board of Education has a full slate of business to get to as it swears in new and returning members, as well as adopts new policies.

The annual reorganization meeting is set for Monday at West Morris Central High School at 7 p.m. .

In addition to those three, and for the first time, a Chester Borough representative will be sworn into a three-year seat. Donald Storms received enough write-in votes in November to win the seat.

The board will now have four Washington Township representatives, two Chester Township representatives, and one representative from Chester Borough, Mendham Borough and Mendham Township. The reapportionment was decided upon in December 2011 by the Morris County Executive Superintendent.

Once all members are sworn in, the group will choose a president and vice president to lead the body in 2013. James Johnston (Chester Township) and Jacke Schram (Mendham Borough) currently hold those seats, respectively.

Also on the board’s agenda for the meeting is the potential adoption of a new policy that would allow students to bring in and use their own technology devices for learning in the classroom.

Since Mackey Pendergrast took over as the district’s superintendent in March 2012, one of his top goals has been a change in how the high schools use technology to their advantage. The district recently hired a technology supervisor for both schools and has integrated to a Google platform.

The board is also faced with approving the retirement of Alyce Hunter, the district's former director of curriculum for the district. Hunter is now an assistant principal at West Morris Central High School. According to the meeting’s agenda, Hunter’s retirement would be effective Feb. 28.

It is currently unknown if the district will replace Hunter.

The meeting is open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend.

Editor's note: An original version of this article incorrectly stated Dr. Alyce Hunter is the current director of curriculum for the district.

La Quin January 08, 2013 at 09:33 PM
i hope this passes... it's about time we move into the current century.
Abraham Clark January 09, 2013 at 05:23 AM
Unemployment for young people is almost 17 percent. They all know how to use computers and that doesnt get them jobs. Especially when the same technology that has been perfected from letting people work from home is ultimately used to outsource jobs to India. Good job on getting rid of woodshop and technology class though that was really smart. Keep pushing computers and you will have even higher unemployment than there is right now. Who cares though right? You teachers and staff all have jobs. Screw your students and their future job prospects.
Kurt January 09, 2013 at 06:04 AM
Abraham...I am a SVP at a technology firm. Good luck getting qualified resources. Better luck getting someone who wants to actually work. The IT unemployment rate, nationwide, is 3%. Those 3% need to get a new profession, because, frankly, they are not worth hiring. I CANNOT hire enough qualified project managers, QA Leads, and senior developers to keep up with my client's demands. The starting salary for these resources is $90k and goes up to $170k. We hire both onshore and offshore resources, and the general consensus is the offshore resources work harder, longer, and smarter. Ask someone offshore to work a 17 hour shift to support a critical client problem in a $42M account and they barely blink; ask the typical onshore resource (other than ex-military like myself) and you'd think you asked them to kill their first-born child. At 6-figure salary, you'd think they'd be a bit more accommodating, especially considering they are making 4x their offshore counterparts' salary.
Abraham Clark January 09, 2013 at 07:34 AM
My tenant is a project manager and he is addicted to adderol ( speed). The only way he has been able to compete with constant layoffs at his job where his boss then hands him the fired employees workload. He also got a "free" laptop so now he has no free time or weekend. Because he is bothered at any time and expected to use his free laptop to do unpaid extra work. He is now semi-delusional and has begun to believe that my house is his. I am evicting him this weekend. No person should be expected to work 17 hours straight on something. The quality of the work, the health of the worker ect. suffers. One of the reasons we have an 8 hour work week and weekends is because we are not a third world country and people fought and died for workers rights. The addiction of my tennant is quite sad because he turned to "speed" to keep his job. Now he has multiple heart conditions and is 30 yrs old. I don't envy the large amount of money he makes and it seems the adderoll is going to put him in a box soon. My brother is a technical writer in California. He worked for dreamworks now Sony. The new thing is to hire people for contracts of two years. When the contract is over, everyone loses thier jobs. I wouldn't call this technology sector a good stable job. If the average job lasts a couple years then who in their right mind can plan to have a family or even buy a house? Perhaps rather than over aying and over working everyone, could you hire say 10 people and split the work load 10 ways?

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