Thursday, January 27, 2011

Expanding AAL Services Require Changes to A/V Labs

The AAL initiative is off to a positive start and the district is gearing up for the next group of freshmen, class of 2015.
The 2011-2012 school year brings another 1200 freshman and netbooks. Adding these new students forces us to re-allocate space to better serve the district for the future.
Space concerns have been brought to upper-Administration and a mutually agreeable decision has been made - re-purpose the A/V Labs, at each building, as netbook walk-in labs and help desk/training areas.
Major factors were weighed before a decision was made.
  • 2,400 students with netbooks will require more space for support and training.
  • Computers in all A/V Labs are at the end of their usefulness and unserviceable. Replacement would be cost-prohibitive.
  • A/V Lab services will be provided through PC alternatives such as Adobe Premiere and MovieMaker in different areas of the building, such as the IRC and computer labs. 
  • There will be no reduction in support; A/V staff will be moved to the Help Desk and provide support for equipment and projects.

These changes further support the AAL initiative and the Board of Education’s five goals. District 219 is working to provide our students better access to the resources they need to succeed.

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