A Message From Sean Rozell,
Director of Information Technology
As an eighteen year resident of Novato, I am thrilled to have the honor to serve as the Director of Information Technology for the Novato Unified School District. I have been working in Technology for over 20 years and working in Education Technology for the last 9 years. I started working here at NUSD a year ago and I am thrilled to work with this great team.
This is an exciting time for Education Technology in Novato Unified. In the last year, my team has completed an incredible amount of work in order to get us better positioned to support the incredible changes in education that we see today. We have re-designed and completely upgraded our core network and data server/storage environment. We have migrated to a new hosted email platform in order to reduce costs. We have installed a service request system to streamline and improve technical support. We have upgraded our web content filter in order to give us enhanced flexibility and performance with this vital tool. We cashed in on almost $300K worth of voucher reimbursements to support technology projects in the District. We created a New Employee Handbook to help new employees navigate technology in their new jobs. We helped Curriculum & Instruction to pilot a new 1-to-1 computer program at every site. We delivered over 160 new laptops to teachers to replace their old computer hardware. We built a Technology Resource Center to better handle centralized purchasing, configuration and warehousing of new and re-purposed computer hardware. We also created a Technology Learning Center where we can provide professional development for staff. And we reorganized our team by adding a Data Systems Supervisor and putting a dedicated tech support person at every school. All of this work moves the District closer to the goal of having a dynamic, technology-rich environment that enhances learning and engages students.
In the upcoming year should be equally busy. We will be working with our school sites and the Curriculum & Instruction staff as they develop their 1-to-1 programs. We will be expanding our professional development offerings to help give staff the tools they need to succeed. We will be performing a much needed upgrade on our business services server/database. We will be upgrading our phone system. And through it all, we will be working with key stakeholders throughout the NUSD community to develop a 3-year comprehensive technology plan to support the District’s goals. As I said, it is an exciting time for education and technology in Novato Unified School District and I look forward to the work we will all do together over the years ahead.