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Embracing Education Technology Management to Better Compete

Philipsburg-Osceola School District

Philipsburg-Osceola School District Case Study

Challenge

Large rural/suburban districts like Philipsburg-Osceola (PO) are in danger of “being the child left behind” unless they embrace the digital changes that can transform a district and give it a chance to compete. PO needed to right-size its technology department to deliver a better digital support experience.

The Rest of the Story

Behind-the-scenes is a story of a district that grew large during prosperous times, and now struggles to both fund and implement technology growth in a leaner economy. District leadership and educators approved the education technology management change to realize a better technology program at similar budget levels in part by re-investing savings on variable staffing costs.

About the District

Current Enrollment: 1,815 students with 48% on free or reduced lunch

Action

The PO School Board approved a contract with Questeq, a K-12 technology management provider, to manage the technology program at the district. PO transitioned quickly to a stabilized state after right-sizing the technology department. Questeq re-engaged top-performing PO tech staff and added new processes and resources to better leverage technology for a better classroom experience.

Results

A little over six months later the district now has a superior technology support experience and confidently uses tablets and smart boards in all classrooms. The Pennsylvania information management systems (PIMS) manager ensures the district’s data is accurate and maximizes state funding that is based on that data. The district also implemented a new finance software system and upgraded phone and security systems.

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