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D-157 technology director resigns

Published: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 3:10 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 10:31 p.m. CST

RICHMOND – The implementation of Richmond-Burton Community High School's one-to-one technology program will not be affected by the resignation of its technology director, the superintendent said.

The job posting for a technology director went up on District 157's website on Wednesday. The single-school district shares its technology director – and other district staff – with Nippersink District 2, a K-8 school district that covers the same area.

The posting advertises the position as full-time with a negotiable salary and start date. School-related experience is preferred.

The position is currently held by Dale Harkness, who earned a base salary of just under $80,000 last year from District 157.

Harkness spearheaded the district's one-to-one technology program. He became the district's technology director in 2005.

At the beginning of the school year, freshmen were required to purchase Chromebooks, a Google product that falls between a tablet and laptop. It has a keyboard like a laptop but doesn't have the same kind of operating system.

This is the first year students have been required to purchase devices.

The plan is to have each incoming class purchase the devices, which for $280, come with a case, headphones and an expanded battery pack.

"We do not expect the resignation of the Technology Director to impact the implementation of our technology initiatives," Superintendent Dan Oest said in an email.

He did not elaborate and did not return a call for comment.

The district had planned on making infrastructure improvements ahead of the implementation and providing professional development for teachers.

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