Report: Marblehead School Technology in ‘Very Poor Shape’

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Last week, Marblehead Public School Supervisor of Technology Ken Lord, delivered some grim news.

"The Marblehead Public School technology systems are in very poor shape," Lord writes in the executive summary of a draft of the Marblehead Public Schools' Technology Plan, the final version of which was presented at the School Committee's Jan. 10 meeting (7:30 p.m., Marblehead High School library).

"We lack appropriate funding and staffing to address a myriad of needs. Our computer inventory and servers are outdated, we lack proper backup systems, the network infrastructure is mostly past useful lifespan, and we lack proper wireless networking systems."

The situation, according to Lord, who arrived in Marblehead this summer after 19 years in a similar position in Bedford, is among the worst he has seen, in terms of "across-the-board needs."

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