Dream Big - Quincy Public Schools Foundation
Quincy Public Schools and Knapheide Manufacturing company announce TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP
Knapheide Manufacturing Company and the Knapheide family are partnering with the Quincy Public Schools and the Quincy Public Schools Foundation to accomplish the technology piece of the DREAM BIG campaign.
A technology upgrade is one of five priorities of the $4 million plus DREAM BIG campaign. In cooperation with the Quincy Public Schools’ Information Technology (IT) department, the Knapheide IT team will provide the time and talent to cost-effectively design and implement a robust, sustainable, wireless and wired infrastructure throughout our schools to support various learning and teaching opportunities for our students and educators.
Specifically, the upgrade will result in network access and wireless internet access in classrooms, a mobile digital environment in instructional areas of school buildings, centralized infrastructure to support that technology, and devices to access the internet for instructional purposes.
“Our schools will benefit enormously from the highly talented members of the Knapheide IT team, and we are thrilled that they are so enthusiastically embracing the opportunity to help our district,” said Dr. Cal Lee, Interim Superintendent. “In addition, the Knapheide company and family will be contributing significant funding for the project.”
H.W. “Knap” Knapheide III, an Honorary Co-Chair of the DREAM BIG campaign, believes strongly that the community needs to be involved in public education. “Everyone has time, talent and/or resources of some kind to contribute to help improve our schools,” Knapheide said. “Our company and family hope other businesses and individuals will embrace the opportunity to determine what they have to contribute to the cause at whatever level works for them.”
“The Quincy Public Schools look forward to receiving community support and input on how to make a good school district even better,” said Dr. Lee.
A wireless survey is currently being accomplished at Quincy Senior High and the school will be the pilot building for the District. This new technology will benefit the Quincy Public Schools in the following ways:
- -Improved teaching and learning through the use of technological tools in support of academic content standards and curricular objectives;
- -Improved educators’ use of technology in order to differentiate instruction to meet students’ needs;
- -Increased accessibility to mobile technology, instructional devices, and tool-based software that makes instruction relevant and powerful;
- -Utilization of appropriate learning media, computer applications, and other technology to address student learning objectives;
- -Enhancement of formative and summative assessments (e.g., standardized test taking) through technology, i.e. required PARCC Assessment in 2014-15;
- -Facilitation of technology-enhanced experiences that foster creativity and higher-order thinking skills; and
- -Instructional demonstration of technology knowledge and skills required to apply the use of technology in the classrooms as evidenced by lesson plans, classroom walk-throughs, and/or teacher products.
The cost of the project is still subject to change throughout the process, but will be several hundreds of thousands of dollars in total.
“One of the most valuable parts of this partnership with Knapheide Manufacturing Company will be its IT team’s assistance to right-size and right-price this project for our schools,” said Bill Daniels, Quincy Public School Board President. “We want to provide high quality educational opportunities cost effectively. We want to be good stewards of our community’s funds, both tax dollars and private donations.”
The other four initiatives of the DREAM BIG campaign are curriculum, fine arts, athletics and endowment. The campaign has already raised approximately $1.8 million prior to this commitment from Knapheide Manufacturing Company and the Knapheide family.
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