“The station could be on 24/7,” Melin said. “The thing about the technology today is that a lot of it could be automated. They could produce the content during a class period and it could air later that day. You don’t necessarily have to have a live person on air all day. The great advantage is that we can get kids involved in all three high schools to be a part of this process, whether it’s during the school day or after hours.”
The board also approved the purchase of a data warehouse in an effort to make retrieving student and other information more efficiently.
The district approved the purchase of Five-Star at $21,000 to replace another data management system that staff found less user-friendly and more expensive.
Melin said rather than going to different departments for information on student backgrounds, progress and other data, teachers and other staff will be able to get more information more readily and faster.
“It’s going to be an incredibly time saving process,” Melin said. “What will be able to happen is that when [staff] logs in, within a few clicks, we can get whatever report we need. If I’m a teacher and I have 25 kids in the class at the start of the year, I’ll have a class list and I can click on their names and a data summary will be created.”
He said this will help in creating reports needed for students who are in the district’s intervention program, IMPACT, as well as those who aren’t.