The WiscNet 2019 Board of Directors elections will take place April 12 through 4pm on May 7, 2019.
The WiscNet Bylaws designate the Member Representative as responsible to vote in Board elections; the Member Representative may delegate their vote to their organization’s Administrative Representative or Primary Technical Representative.
Stevens Point Area Public School District
For the last six years I have served as the Director of Technology for the Stevens Point Area Public School District. Managing the technology department in a K-12 school district provides me with a solid understanding of the needs of K-12 technology leaders. It has also been my pleasure to serve on the WiscNet Board of Directors for the last three years. During my term we have seen many challenges facing our K-12 school districts. Our K-12 school districts struggle to upgrade technology, retain high quality staff and increase cybersecurity on very limited budgets. Finding practical solutions to the growing threat of cyber security and data breaches is my top priority as a technology leader and WiscNet Board member. As the role of technology in school and work increases exponentially, so does the risk of data breaches and cyber attacks. More and more data are being collected and processed to help us educate students and support our schools. We are experiencing a never-ending stream of apps, cloud based services and IoT devices coupled with machine learning and AI. Many K-12 IT teams also suffer from the silo effect. Just when we really need all of our teachers, leaders and support staff to be on the same page with technology, we are faced with lack of communication, coordination and turf battles. I truly believe that WiscNet can be a major force to help support K-12 technology leaders.
The strength of WiscNet is the membership. Collectively, we can overcome these challenges and find solutions. WiscNet provides the opportunity for leadership, collaboration and support. Through WiscNet we have the vehicle to provide collective support to the members. I have always sought to give back to the K-12 technology community by supporting my colleagues throughout the state. I have learned more from my colleagues over the last several years than from any other source. We can find solutions. As a Board member I would continue to advocate for WiscNet to help provide solutions, both technical and non-technical. I hope you will consider me to serve again on the WiscNet board.
Hortonville Area School District
Thank you for your consideration as a member of the WiscNet Board of Directors. While I am unable to attend WiscNet Connections this year, I would like to share that in my 20 years with Hortonville Area School District WiscNet has been a constant in service and support. As a Board member, I would work to maintain WiscNet as that constant.
I would also like to explore ways WiscNet could improve member collaboration and support. IT departments, especially in small districts, are often understaffed. Is there a way WiscNet can better facilitate connections between members? What additional services could WiscNet offer that ease the burden for overworked IT staff? If elected, I would like to focus on those and similar priorities for WiscNet members. Thank you again for your time.
School District of Fort Atkinson
The most exciting thing about my job is being able to help build an infrastructure that supports thousands of young learners, hundreds of district staff, and a bevy of community members’ technology needs. It's a very different looking educational experience now than it was when I walked my school district's halls as a student, and that's the best part of my job -- being able to be a part of this change.
I grew up in Fort Atkinson and currently serve as the district's Director of Technology. Here I learned of WiscNet, their vision, and their proven competency in bridging the gap between technology and a community. With professional roots in education and healthcare, I am inspired by WiscNet’s leadership in building local networks. My contributions to WiscNet’s Board of Directors would include concise and well-planned decision-making, effective communication, and a genuine desire to do well. I very much look forward to the opportunity to serve.
August is running to use his 30+ years of information technology experience to:
1. Ensure the continued success of WiscNet
2. Reduce the digital divide by improving internet access for everyone in Wisconsin; setting a higher standard for internet services.
3. Improve education by expanding access and reducing costs for students, especially underprivileged, at risk and rural students. Similar to the $2.6mil saved in Green Bay School Districts.
4. Improve internet access for municipalities, libraries, counties and critical public services such as law enforcement, fire and rescue.
5. Improve security by working to deliver integrated basic cyber security
August is the CIO/ISO at Brown County, was IT Director for Medical College of Wisconsin and spent 16 years with St. Vincent Hospital and Hospital Sisters Health System. August’s full bio can be found at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/augustneverman/