SOLON, Ohio – Patrick McKinney, who has served as director of technological innovation for the Willoughby-Eastlake Town Universities considering that 2013, has been employed as director of information programs for the Solon Town Faculties.
On Monday (April 26), the Solon Board of Schooling permitted a two-12 months contract for McKinney, productive Aug. 1. His annual income will be $116,124.
McKinney will change Kirk Miller, the district’s director of info providers who is retiring July 31 right after a lot more than 38 decades with the Solon Educational institutions.
Solon Faculties Superintendent Fred Bolden explained McKinney as a skilled and nicely-revered info know-how experienced with in depth knowledge in schooling environments.
“Patrick started his career as a neighborhood area community administrator at Kent Point out University and has labored in educational engineering at the K-12 and faculty degree for far more than 15 yrs,” Bolden mentioned. “He is a collaborative leader with a robust foundation in technologies again-end procedures, as perfectly as tutorial technological innovation.
“His recent district employs lots of of the similar know-how tools we use, so we are assured he will be ready to strike the ground working. Patrick’s know-how, abilities and leadership will assist choose the district to the subsequent degree in engineering apps and efficiencies.”
Top up to his formal get started day on Aug. 1, McKinney will do the job intermittently via the summer season together with Miller to assure a sleek transition, in accordance to a news release from the district.
“He’s got actually big shoes to fill, with Kirk Miller’s retirement,” Bolden said. “But we really feel he’s heading to do a amazing work for us, and we are very fired up to have him on board.”
McKinney, who attended the board assembly, mentioned, “Solon, certainly, has a fantastic track record, and I’m definitely psyched to be part of these a excellent district.”
In his new place, McKinney will oversee the procedure and maintenance of the district’s digital community and data technologies methods, which include all hardware and program units demanded to guidance general operations as nicely as the educational plan.
“As our society moves even more into the 21st century, it is critical to guarantee that our college students are ready for what lies forward,” he explained in the release.
McKinney mentioned that a 2016 Environment Financial Forum Long run of Positions report estimated that 65 % of students will operate in work that have not nonetheless been invented.
“Technology is a wonderful device that can assist transform the mastering expertise,” he claimed. “By applying technologies, alongside with issue-primarily based learning and training 21st-century techniques, we will better prepare our pupils for their long term.”
Prior to heading the technologies office in the Willoughby-Eastlake faculty district, McKinney served as know-how coordinator in the Cuyahoga Falls Town Educational facilities from 2006 to 2013. He also labored as a neighborhood location network administrator for Kent Condition College from 2004 to 2006.
McKinney, of Cuyahoga Falls, gained a bachelor’s degree in computer system info systems from Kent Condition University in 2002 and a Grasp of Small business Administration degree from Mississippi Point out University in 2011.
In other motion, the board approved the retirements of 3 Parkside Elementary University instructors who have worked in the district for a blended full of practically 100 many years.
They are Chuck Chokenea, looking through restoration Janet Chonko, fourth-grade instructor and Barbara Kessler, kindergarten trainer. All three retirements are effective Aug. 1.
Chokenea has been with the district 31 decades Chonko has served the district for 34 many years and Kessler has taught in the district 33 years.
“All a few of these men and women are amazing staff for us,” Bolden claimed. “They’ve finished a fantastic career.
“We desire all three of them extremely effectively. It’s like the stop of an era with them retiring.”