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Colmesneil ISD Superintendent Updates Progress On Computers

by Leann Monk

In a follow-up interview with Colmesneil Superintendent, Stacy Ackley gave an update on the progress of two recently reported items from the February school board meeting. It was reported in the February 29 issue of The Booster several of the elementary teachers did not have working computers in their classrooms. Ackley stated, "This issue has been resolved. Computers from the high school lab have been moved over to the elementary building." He went on to say, "I was not aware that there were teachers without working computers in their classrooms until the board meeting. You can't fix a problem you don't know about." He explained the school district has a system in place called SpiceWorks, which is a help desk. If the teacher or faculty member has a problem, technical or with maintenance, they submit the issue through SpiceWorks and it goes directly to the superintendent's office. When asked if he had received anything from the help desk concerning the lack of working computers in the classrooms, Ackley responded, "I did not."

Ackley also gave an update on the progress of the grants the school district is pursuing to fund the majority of the cost for the upgrade in technology. "We have sent letters to Dell and HP to see what grants are available; and we are comparing the difference in leasing versus buying the new equipment," stated Ackley. "This equipment is needed to move the classrooms into the 21 Century," he said. When asked where the money for the district's portion of the new upgrade would come from, Ackley explained, "The money would come from our funds account. " Currently, there is a balance of $2.4 million in the account. He was then asked if he thought the upgrade and expense was necessary, he then responded by saying, "Yes. I believe our kids come first and they deserve the best. I will always do what is best for the kids."

Ackley has an open door policy with his office. "If anyone has a question about any of these issues or anything else, I wish they stop by and visit with me," said Ackley.

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