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Does Your school board face difficult budget shortfall decisions that makes it necessary to appeal to the taxpayers for more money? Is the situation is beyond repair? Spending more and more time in focus groups that emphasize funds rather than education? Will the decisions you make really help with the ‘big picture’ or is it just a method to delay the real issues at hand? Statewide funding is diminishing, and there are many ways to solve a problem without throwing money at it. TechRx Inc. is the solution and here is the answer. Learn something and write this information down.
I want to take a moment to address what I feel is the failure the majority of school districts face today. My observations are not unique to just a school district, they hold true for numerous organizations, businesses, and individuals. The issue at hand is that local business and individuals are not able to obtain funds from the taxpayers or seek out extraordinary methods of finance.
A recent article I received in the mail showed a local district had computers that were old and failure to upgrade these computers would result in detrimental effects to learning. I find this statement paradoxical in nature because schools [in general (college, secondary, etc.)] direct individuals to use critical thinking skills to problem solve. A key point to understand is that waiting for a problem to become an issue is the opposite of a solution. Instead, an adverse reaction is the result of the failure to plan. Certainly, technology is useful, but knowledge is power. Therefore, it is important to think first and react second.
Politics aside, the point I want to make is that shiny and new often foreshadows planning. During a recent school open house I observed signs posting about where a school was lacking. No points were made where the school was benefiting. Since technology is one of the hindrances to school districts, why not audit the people doing the work? Is that problem related to a slow network really an old computer, or is it an incorrect duplex speed setting that results in a network connection 50% slower than expected? Does a district react by fixing the issue, or replacing the equipment? How much money is wasted by not looking at necessary details?
I conduct waste analysis and observe with a critical eye. During my walks through various organizations, schools, and businesses it shocks me how easily I can point out thousands of dollars of waste in a matter of moments. Pride aside, it is important that every organization take time to analyze their potential technology wasting. More than technology though, overall outside the box ideas.
I hope you will take a moment to review the numerous blog articles on this site and other consulting pages. If you are ready to embrace change and see the alternatives to increases in tax payer funding, give me a call at 920.884.1195.
The education system teaches us to use the knowledge we develop to evaluate all situations in an objective manner. If you fail to consider the big picture, you lose the ability to change. Therefore, make the decision to have us do a walk through analysis with your key decision makers. Never presume the team that works for you will tell the truth. Teamwork means working together, and when you work together it causes a decline in objectivity. TechRx Inc. will compliment your team as a whole, but will look with a critical eye to find where changes are necessary. Once we complete our evaluation, I will provide you a report of findings that offer real solutions you may implement. In fact, I will ensure everything is conveyed in terms that fit your personality and intellect. If you want to contact me, please click here.