Washington School Board approves tech upgrades for FY20

The Washington School Board approved the FY20 tech plan which will include upgrades to existing media, audio and security camera equipment as well as a new intercom system at Stewart and Lincoln.

Technology Director Jeff Brock explained several updates were completed in 2019, including purchasing iPads and Chromebooks, allowing each student to have a device available to them. Now the focus is moving to upgrades, including audio enhancement. Currently, only a handful of the elementary classrooms have audio equipment that amplifies their voice, but Brock said they were applying for a Riverboat Foundation Grant to allow for the purchase of microphones so teachers can be heard loudly and clearly by students from any point in the classroom.

“All of our new classrooms at the middle school, high school and several rooms at Stewart and Lincoln have the microphone voice enhancement system,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of requests from that; teachers that don’t have it that would like to have it in their room.”

Stewart and Lincoln also will be receiving an intercom upgrade as the current system is at the end of its life. The parts for repairs are no longer available, making their replacement essential. He said the new system has safety communication upgrades, making it a viable tool in case of an emergency.

“If something were to happen in the school, you would be able to communicate with everybody,” he said.

At Washington High School, the security camera server will be receiving an upgrade. The current system is functional but not as efficient as a newer system. Older security cameras also will be replaced with new ones that are more compatible with the video management system.

The next meeting of the Washington School Board will be Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the district office.