Letter: Shelton BOE making smart investment in smart learning

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

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To the Editor:

Two years ago, when the new Board of Education (BOE) members were sworn in, we faced several major issues with our technology infrastructure that needed attention. Our computer servers, the heart of any technology network, were nearing their end-of-life, many schools were in want of universal “smart classrooms,” and a majority of our students lacked personal laptop computers (Chromebooks).

Fast forward to today and our network is faster, more reliable and more secure than ever. Our network speed is going from one Gigabyte to 10 Gigabytes, while our wireless network and hotspots have all been updated and strategically located with heat sensors to eliminate any dead spots. Our recently hired IT Director, Glenn Newman, has done an outstanding job of prioritizing and putting into action the Board’s plans to completely revamp and upgrade every aspect of this network. Not only that, nearly every student in the district now has a personal Chromebook. Teachers and staff members are now all equipped with a state-of-the-art laptop bringing with them the mobility that their current roles necessitate as they navigate between remote and in-person educating. The next phase of our planned improvements will include 65-inch touch screens for every classroom.

Technology is not just “the future,” it is the key to understanding and succeeding in that future. The BOE understands this and will continue to make these smart investments in smart learning.

Carl Rizzo

Shelton Board of Education