Higher (Tech) Education Collinsville Schools' New Superintendent Supports Proficiency in Computer Science

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Collinsville's children must become proficient with computers in the expanding world of the Internet - or society will leave them behind.

That's the opinion of the new superintendent of schools, Thomas H. Fegley, 51. He plans to bring a strong commitment to technology when he arrives Aug. 22 for his first day at the helm of Collinsville's 12 schools and nearly 6,000 students.

The Board of Education picked Fegley, for three years superintendent of the Hononegah High School District in Rockton, Ill., at its meeting Monday night. He was picked for the $95,127-a-year post from a starting field of 42 applicants.

In a phone interview, Fegley said he already has the board's backing to hire a director of technology, which he sees as a key position. "People who come out of school without an understanding of technology will be at a real disadvantage the rest of their lives," he said.

Computers aren't cheap, of course. Fegley said that doesn't necessarily mean a push for higher taxes: "My experience is that the district usually has the money already, it's just a matter of the way it's allocated."

He said he won't make music and art targets for cash raids, as happens in some districts. "I have a very strong commitment to the arts," he insisted, noting that as superintendent of schools in Burlington, Ill., he pushed to require a fine arts credit for high school graduation. …