It's no secret Compton Unified School District (CUSD) Technology is falling off a cliff compared to neighboring school districts. During a June 12, 2012 Study Session CUSD Board of Trustees voted to downsize two crucial departments (Warehouse and Instructional Technology (ITD), which play a major role in student achievement. CUSD technology is still running on outdated and broken computers. The district still has computers operating on Windows 95!!!
But, ITD is no stranger to cuts under the current Associate Superintendent of Business Services and Interim Superintendent.
Over the last few years the executive cabinet has allowed positions in ITD to continuously go unfilled after department deaths and retirements. Currently, CUSD has 40 sites in the community and two computer technicians in which one technician is scheduled to retire this year. How do we ever expect to bring technology current and allow our students to be competitive upon graduation? This is a question I always ask the Board of Trustees. Two technicians can’t put out all the technology fires while moving technology into at least the year 2012.
A couple of meetings ago CUSD Warehouse Manager spoke at the Board meeting asking for help. Stating positions had continuously been eliminated and left unfilled in the warehouse by the Associate Superintendent of Business Services. Furthermore, there are stacks of testing materials and classroom supplies that have been sitting in the warehouse for months. NO HELP!!! NO SUPPORT!!!!
To me this sounds like the final hurrah by Associated Superintendent of Business Services and Interim Superintendent to destroy CUSD and derail any type of progress in CUSD. I think this is retaliation for not having their contracts renewed for the upcoming school year. Moreover, this sounds like retaliation on Warehouse Manager for speaking at the board meeting and asking for help in the district warehouse.
Its crucial Board Members start to put students first like our slogan reads.
Every District campus should be wireless.
Every District student should have access to a working computer at school.
Every computer should have basic programs like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Every teacher should have supplies in a timely manner to prepare students for state test, SAT and ACT exams.
When will CUSD wake up and realize they are to far behind to stop any type of progress?
This is how the Warehouse looks as of June 13, 2012:
New Supplies sitting there day in and day out with no one to move them to the sites