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Tech Overhaul

One of the most ambitious technology initiatives ever attempted by a school district on Long Island went off without a blip this year as Nassau BOCES helped Massapequa Public Schools completely refresh the equipment in all nine schools.

 Every single computer in the district was recycled to make room for more than 2,000 replacements. In addition, the district added more than 200 SMART Boards, 200 projectors and video conference capabilities. Now, Nassau BOCES is providing district administrators with the training they need to use the technology effectively as well as to be able to evaluate the appropriate use of it in the classroom.

Robert Schilling, district executive director for assessment, came to the Nassau BOCES Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology (CIT) in May 2009 with the $1.5 million computer replacement initiative. The catch? He wanted it completed within three months. Thanks to the project management skills of CIT's Dominic Potenza and his team, the last computer was up and running in two months.

"A project of this magnitude is only possible through the hard work and dedication of multiple individuals," Schilling wrote in a letter expressing his thanks. "From project coordination by Dom Potenza to installation by Pete Siegmann and his team, and every detail in between, the project was handled with the utmost care and professionalism."

The scope of the project was enormous, taking into account the schedules of staff members from the nine schools, the delivery capabilities of multiple vendors, and the time it would take not only to account for, assemble and install the new computers, but also to remove all of the existing computers, which included shredding 2,100 hard drives and arranging for the parts to be recycled.


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