[K12OSN] Directors and Numbers

troy banther troybanther at plateautel.net
Fri May 28 21:53:28 UTC 2004

For directors of programs it's all about numbers and productivity.

Here is my situation. I am an institutional employee "on-loan" to a
state-funded grant program house by a local community college in my
area. The college supplies the equipment, space, electricity, and me.

For the last four years, I have pulled a proverbial rabbit out of my
"ear" being that I work with "zero" budget of my own. Yet. Required to
come up with solutions none-the-less.

Without being asked, due to constant complaining about locating the
computer someone tested on 11 months earlier, I found a way to connect
individual PCs running a single version of the same software for ABE-GED
testing. I centralized the student data and fed the programs to W2K
boxes via the Linux and SMB.

Sat down with the ABE director here and point to the fact that we now
have over 14 months, two fiscal reporting cycles (one of two months and
one of twelve), of student data captured for reporting to New Mexico
state-level agencies to whom she must report head count (state) and gain

Fedora is not only an excellent solution for clients but a server as
well. It can capture data or numbers for the directors depending on the

Hope that makes sense. I have been rebuilding W2K boxes all day and am
beyond exhausted.


On Fri, 2004-05-28 at 15:26, anthony baldwin wrote:
> Joseph Bishay wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > After finally setting up everything and having the lab running 
> > smoothly, some issues have arisen.
> > 
> > It seems rumours within the school's administration/board abound that 
> > the lab we have is totally useless for preparing students for future 
> > computer use/education.
> That's absolutely preposterous.
> They can learn all of the typical office productivity skills they would 
> normally learn on a buggy, insecure Windope lab, such as word 
> processing, spreadsheets, slide presentation, web page creation, etc., 
> they can do internet research, manipulate graphics, etc., etc., just as 
> well in your lab, and they'll have less down time for viruses and 
> crashes.  Also, you can maintain current software without licensing 
> costs (my school is all Macs still running OS 9, besides the linux boxes 
> I've brought in and my OS X iBook.  Schools never stay current with 
> proprietary stuff due to costs). Besides, now they will have access to 
> source code and can learn so much more than they ever could in a 
> Micro$lop lab. They can learn about networking by actually networking 
> things, not by pointing and clicking, etc., etc.  The benefits of an OSS 
> lab in a school are myriad:  costs, stability and security, and 
> increased learning potential are all part of the package.
> Don't get me started!
> tony
> > 
> > Background: we are a small private Christian elementary school with a 
> > very limited budget and basic staffing. The school board is also made 
> > up of people who have no experience in teaching (mostly business 
> > people) 
> You mean "clueless morons".
> and they don't interact with the school directly (IE: they're
> > completely out of touch).
> > 
> > What would be the best way to reassure them that the system we have 
> > IS able to prepare the students for the future (IE: Doesn't need to 
> > be Windows)? Note that in our area (Toronto) there is no ministry-
> > mandated computer curriculum, so essentially the lab is used as a 
> > reference room for other subjects. 
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > Joseph
> > 
> > 
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