Teachers in Franklin County Schools will soon have an opportunity to learn more about technology.
At a Monday board meeting, the FCS Board of Education created an instructional technology coordinator position. The position will focus on making sure schools are effectively and innovatively incorporating technology into their classrooms.
Every middle and high school student in the district has a Chromebook. The new position would work to ensure they are being used effectively.
The goal is for students to use technology in the same ways that they will after entering the workforce.
The person hired for the position will work with teachers in all 13 schools in the district.
The technology coordinator will work 200 days a year — 13 more than regular teachers. The district decided on 13 extra days so the person hired would have one day set aside to work with each school.
The coordinator will be paid on a salary schedule similar to a teacher, and the extra 13 days will be accounted for in the salary.
“This person is going to be working with the teachers in professional learning communities and just making sure that we are doing everything we can to get the most out of technology,” FCS Superintendent Mark Kopp said.
Kopp said he hopes to have the position filled by the start of the school year. He plans to post the position Tuesday. After that, the district must wait 15 days before filling the job.
“I need someone who is passionate about instructional technology and who will be an advocate for students,” Kopp said, adding that the district will wait to fill the position if the right person is not found.
Kopp said he has wanted to add the position since he came to FCS.
“I really want them to be an instructional expert — someone who can work with our instructional department just to make sure that we’re rigorously challenging our students,” he said, adding that it will be money well spent.