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Santa Rosa City Schools moves forward on tech committee

Santa Rosa City Schools officials are moving forward with the establishment of a committee leaders hope will steer technology upgrade and implementation decisions in Sonoma County's largest school district.

The full board is expected to vote in December on the committee's creation and structure after the idea received a warm welcome at a special board meeting held Wednesday night. The group is expected to include teachers, administrators, district officials, at least one student and at least one parent.

“I think the committee needs to lead the charge in the discussions about what we want our classrooms to look like,” Superintendent Socorro Shiels said.

The district is gearing up for the computerized Smarter Balanced assessment which this spring will replace the pencil and paper Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program exams.

Board members acknowledged Wednesday that the district needs to address key issues, including security and equality across the district, as it prepares to coordinate and upgrade its technology program.

“It's clear we need some restructuring but it's not clear what that looks like,” Board president Bill Carle said.

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