Magazine article Technology & Learning

Get Support from the Local Community

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Get Support from the Local Community

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Where are you finding the funds to build and sustain your programs? What new ways have you found to cut costs with help from technology? How are you getting the word out about the things that are working in your schools and the importance of technology in your efforts? These were the questions that formed the foundation of the discussion in the "Budgeting and Community Support" work group at the SchoolCIO Leadership Summit. Below are highlights from these conversations.

The majority of the attending districts in this group receive their funds from local money, with a smaller percentage funded by grants, e-rate, and Title I funds. This drove the conversation toward the importance of building community support and improving "messaging" about the great things schools are doing that deserve local support through bond and tax initiatives. Here are some highlights:

* Only twenty-eight percent of households have kids in the system, which makes it more difficult to get buy-in. We take the time to craft quality press releases and find that the local papers are willing partners who will publish most of what we send them. …

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