ERIC Number: ED381325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing Technology without Breaking the Bank.
Schroth, Gwen; And Others
Boles Independent School District (Texas) serves 360 students and is the poorest district in Texas. Yet, due to the aggressiveness of its superintendent and staff, Boles has pieced together a technology program that equals or surpasses those of larger neighboring districts with more resources. This success is derived from creativity, resourcefulness, persistence, thrift, and scavenging. The entire staff refused to accept an image of poverty and low morale and shifted to a resource-rich perspective. This paper outlines five major resource areas tapped by the district and offers suggestions for similar efforts. These resource areas include: (1) grants for technology funding from state agencies and private foundations; (2) cash awards and other recognitions; (3) partnerships with businesses (providing funds or goods and services at reduced rates) and links to universities (providing staff training, technical assistance, and coordination of consortium building); (4) public support spurred by publicity; and (5) discarded materials and other types of assistance requested from corporations and individuals. (SV)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Computers, Distance Education, Electronic Equipment, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Fund Raising, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Rural Schools, School Business Relationship, School District Wealth, School Districts, School Funds, Technology
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Reaching to the Future: Boldly Facing Challenges in Rural Communities. Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (Las Vegas, Nevada, March 15-18, 1995); see RC 020 016.