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Jefferson schools receive honor
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JEFFERSON — The Jefferson City Schools System has received national recognition for its use of technology, the only local district to earn this honor.

The system recently placed in the top 10 in the 2009 Digital School District Survey. The goal of the survey was to “recognize school districts and school boards across the nation whose use of digital technology in interfacing with students, parents and community, district governing, and bettering of operations proved exceptional.”

The survey was conducted by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association.

“While technology’s role to transform learning is critical, its impact as a resource that enhances communications and improves productivity cannot be overlooked,” said Anne L. Bryant, NSBA executive director, “These districts are capitalizing on their ability to provide more transparent and efficient services at a time when budgets are tighter than ever. NSBA is pleased that the school boards in these districts have empowered their administrators to embrace today’s tools and serve as models for others across the nation.”

The Jefferson district placed eighth in the medium district category, which is for systems with 2,501 to 15,000 students, and was one of eight Georgia districts to place in the national survey.

Each of the winning Georgia districts and more than 150 others utilize eBOARD, an online program that was created by a subsidiary of the Georgia School Boards Association. The program allows school districts to post information like meeting agendas, board policies and other pertinent details to be easily accessed by the public.

“(This program) has been a marvelous addition to our school system and its impact has been pervasive,” said John Jackson, Jefferson superintendent of schools.

“It has increased our level of efficiency and reduced the amount of time required to prepare for board meetings.”
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