The Newaygo Public Schools Technology Department plans, develops and maintains the district-wide information technology structure, provides leadership in technology matters and coordinates technology services.
In November, 2011, the NPS community generously supported a millage to support technology expansion in our schools. Planning was underway to establish how and when to spend these precious dollars. In 2012 and 2013, most desktops were replaced with new Dell computers and several computer labs were upgraded. During the summer of 2013, the bulk of the work was done with the first phase of the bond money. The wireless infrastructure was completely upgraded and all K-12 classrooms were equipped with multimedia systems. This included projectors, document cameras, and sound systems for each classroom. Also at that time, updated video surveillance and building access systems were installed. In the summer of 2014, several servers were upgraded and a new phone system was installed.
During the 2014-2015 school year, NPS deployed student devices at all grade levels. iPads are in all K-3 classrooms, students in grades 4-8 have access to Chromebooks in all classes, and high school students have a Chromebook for their own use in a 1:1 environment.
The 2015-2016 school year brings the second year of 1:1 devices. Our teachers and students are working together to utilize these devices in an optimal way to enhance learning for students. Newaygo Public Schools will continue to be a leader in the area with regard to educational technology and preparing our students to compete in our global economy.