By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
As part of their new technology initiative, The Rome City will likely be creating two information systems positions.
At their Tuesday night meeting, the city school board reviewed the formation of two new posts: Chief Technology and Information Officer and Network Engineer. As part of his efforts to make the schools more technology-oriented, Superintendent Jeff Bearden says the two positions incorporate the current duties of the Technology Director.
“If we’re really going to integrate technology in the classroom and move forward in that area, we need to make sure we have the leadership in place and the resources in place for teachers,” Bearden says. “This new job will enable us to do that, in a much more efficient and effective manner than we currently do.”
Some big changes to the gifted program were also unveiled Tuesday night. To keep up with state standards, the probationary period a gifted student faces if they’re struggling in their courses has been extended. Also, if a child now has the option of dropping a gifted course they problems with, while at the same time maintain their status in the gifted program.
The changes come in the face of studies which highlighted problems within gifted programs’ student retention across the state