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Introduction and Purpose

The Elk Mound Area School District’s information and technology plan represents our efforts to move forward with the skills and technology of the 21st century. This plan is the result of the Elk Mound Area School District’s Educational Media and Technology Committee (EMT) work over an eight-month period. The committee began the process in September of 2015 and continued through May of 2016. This plan is built upon previous district technology plans.

The plan is designed to look into the future for three years, but the EMT Committee and Board of Education understand the need to look even further out into the future. Although it is impossible to envision what technology our students and staff may be working with in 20 years, an attempt was made to consider what skills will be important for students 20 years into the future.

The decision was made to combine the required technology plan with the library/media center plan to provide a plan that integrates technology and information resources into the curriculum.

A great deal of time, discussion, thought, research, investigation and planning went into this plan. Planning began with collecting information on the current state of technology and its use in the District by completing a variety of surveys and inventories. The team then reviewed current research on best practices in using technology in education. After analyzing this data, needs and goals were developed.


The needs and goals of our Information and Technology Plan are as follows:

Goal 1: The staff will utilize technology to increase student achievement across buildings.

Goal 2: The staff will utilize effective teaching and learning practices which include the integration of technology into instruction.

Goal 3: District staff will continue to have access to information resources and learning tools to provide a supportive environment for technology use.

Goal 4: The library media specialists will be used to their fullest potential to enhance human, physical, print and digital resources.


Goal 5: The District will continue to develop systems and provide leadership to utilize technology to improve productivity and enhance learning.

The EMT Committee supports the goals and objectives outlined in this plan. It is also the EMT Committee’s intent to keep the plan’s mission, vision, objectives and goals “alive” by revisiting the plan during regular EMT Committee meetings.



There are challenges to implementing the plan because of the district’s budget limitations that are directly affected by the state economy, state budget deficit and the end of various grant programs. However, these goals are achievable through consistent monitoring and implementation efforts, if funding is available.



The district plan is built upon the vision and mission of the district as stated below:

District Mission Statement:  Helping our youth become responsible citizens who seek to contribute to our society in positive ways.


District Core Values:  Community, Prosperity, Liberty, Equality


District Vision:  Opening Minds for Life’s Journey

Technology Vision:  Students, staff and community will interact to share ideas, use higher level thinking skills, solve problems, participate as a member of a team and maximize learning through the use of technology. Students will use technology to build a solid foundation in the core academics and content areas, enabling them to leave school with the technology skills necessary for them to become informed, responsible citizens, community members and family members in the 21st Century.


Technology Mission Statement:  Maximize student achievement using the most up-to-date technology available.

Library Media Philosophy:  Each student should have access to an effective, integrated school library program that reflects the curriculum, the needs of the school community and the world in general.

The development of the technology plan has also taken into account the district strategic plan as defined in the following link:

Strategic Plan 2016

District and Community Demographics

School District

The Elk Mound Area School District is bordered by the school districts of Menomonie, Colfax, Chippewa Falls, Durand and Eau Claire. Although farming has been the dominant occupation within the district, in recent years several small businesses have been established. Currently there are about twenty small businesses within the village limits. There has been little commercial development in Elk Mound. Industry, business and other services are available in the nearby cities. The Village of Elk Mound has a population of about 850. Many housing developments have been established both within and outside the village, and they continue to expand.

The Chippewa Valley has seen an increase in technology-related businesses and maintains a strong technology-related base of employment. The Chippewa Valley Technical College has added to their technology-related programs to meet the needs of the business sector. The employment market in this region includes a high number of service sector jobs and an increasing number of skilled, technical jobs.

Village of Elk Mound

Although few business resources exist within the village, there has been growth over the past few years. The two banks and the convenience store make occasional donations for fundraising projects. The Lions Club has made contributions to support school activities. Our greatest resource is the community support of the schools and parent support of our students and staff. Communication channels include a monthly district newsletter, a weekly newsletter from the elementary school and a monthly newsletter from the middle school. The district has made great improvements in the website to communicate with the community and is utilizing social media tools. The five churches in the school district  

maintain open communications with the school district. They also disseminate school related information of interest to the community.

Chippewa Valley

UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout are both within twenty minutes of Elk Mound. Faculty from the Curriculum and Instruction Department at UWEC have participated in staff development projects at Elk Mound related to curriculum and technology. Several technology-related industries are established in the area, including Hutchinson Technology and Silicon Graphics. Phillips Plastics funds school projects through their Anne Marie Foundation from which the district has received several grants.  The Bremer Bank is affiliated with the Otto Bremer Foundation, which does provide resources for community programs. The Independence State Bank also provides resources for the school district’s Business Education program.

District

The school district has an approximate enrollment of 1,200 students distributed between its three schools: elementary, middle and high school. Enrollment at the elementary and middle levels has shown a steady upward trend, and district-wide

enrollment has increased over the past several years. All buildings have up-to-date wiring, wireless access and telecommunications connections. A building project in the spring and summer of 2010 put additions on each of the buildings. These additions included updating the technology infrastructure for each addition to match the state-of-the-art infrastructure throughout the district.

The school district contracts for educational technology services through the Cooperative Educational Service Agency #10 (CESA 10) for technology-related staff development and technical support. The district added a full-time technician/director in 2012 as its own employee. Our full membership provides for free or reduced-price workshops and on-site training for staff.  The district is also affiliated with Cooperative Educational Service Agency #11 (CESA 11) for administration assistance and various inservice opportunities. 


Additional demographic data can be found at the DPI website: http://www.dpi.wi.gov


The district has made efforts to coincide with the goals of the the Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan.


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