Communications of the IIMA


It is no news that K-12 school districts can more effectively provide instruction and support services by leveraging current and emerging information technologies. Nor is it news that when districts fail to adopt up-to-date IT-based systems, endemic underfunding gets the blame. In fact, however, districts can leverage existing funding sources and ROI from early projects to support later projects and sustain services over the long term. What is required is a thorough understanding of functions and dependencies in the local school, school district, and community; structured planning and functional alignment in the district and its IT organization; and ongoing commitment by all stakeholders. A central technology goal is establishment of secure, properly controlled electronic data exchange. Implemented within the district and between the district and municipal government and services agencies, it enables all partners to eliminate redundancies, enhance quality of service, and reduce costs.