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Dessoff, Alan – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Under pressure to keep spending down but also keep pace with rapid technology changes, many districts are future-proofing their schools--trying to get the most out of tech spending by providing solutions they can use now and in the future without major, expensive infrastructure overhauls. In the Folsom Cordova (California) Unified School District,…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Planning, Educational Technology, Strategic Planning
Dessoff, Alan – District Administration, 2010
Under pressure to keep spending down but also keep pace with rapid technology changes, many districts are future-proofing their schools--trying to get the most out of their tech spending by providing solutions they will be able to use now and in the future without major, expensive infrastructure overhauls. The idea is growing in popularity across…
Descriptors: School Districts, Elementary Secondary Education, Technological Advancement, Adjustment (to Environment)
Dessoff, Alan – District Administration, 2010
From the glamour and glitz of Hollywood to the technological hub of Silicon Valley, from the majestic Redwoods to the surfers off the Malibu beaches, California is a state of contrasts in many ways, including its politics. The contrasts extend to its public education system, from the renowned University of California system, which employs more…
Descriptors: State Government, Government School Relationship, Educational History, Reputation
Dessoff, Alan – Facilities Manager, 2009
From natural disasters to criminal violence, facilities officers are often called on to address campus safety and security issues beyond their usual responsibilities. Their experiences in coping with unanticipated events have produced a catalogue of lessons learned that can help them and their peers at other institutions who might face the same…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, School Security, School Safety, Violence
Dessoff, Alan – District Administration, 2009
It's no surprise that school districts are as vulnerable to fraud as the private sector or any other segment of government. Crimes in districts include collusion with outside vendors who provide kickbacks to employees, misuse of district-issued credit cards, embezzlement of district funds, and theft of district property. "Fraud happens…
Descriptors: School Districts, Deception, Antisocial Behavior, Crime
Dessoff, Alan – District Administration, 2009
It's getting to be that one needs a scorecard to identify district administrators by their titles. To keep up with changing needs, many districts are creating new management positions or adding new responsibilities to old ones and then coming up with titles that sometimes only hint at what they are about. In addition to 2008-2009 salary survey…
Descriptors: Salaries, Managerial Occupations, Educational Research, Surveys