The Marblehead (Mass.) School District’s report on the state of its computer infrastructure should be required reading for school officials across the North Shore as an example of how quickly technology can become outdated and how expensive it can be to catch up.
The report, put together by a blue-ribbon panel of town and school officials and IT experts and presented to the School Committee last month, outlines the problem in stark terms:
“The Marblehead Public School technology systems are in very poor shape. We lack appropriate funding and staffing to address a myriad of needs,” the report’s executive summary reads. “Our computer inventory and servers are outdated, we lack proper backup systems, the network infrastructure is mostly past useful life span, and we lack proper wireless networking systems.”