By Mark Carlisle
The Litchfield Elementary School District has created a new position titled the District Educational Technology Coordinator.
The position, while under a different name, technically replaces the district’s media specialist, Kerlitta Westrick, who is retiring after 22 years with the district. The technology coordinator will take on much of the duties of the outgoing media specialist while many of the duties will be divvied out among other existing positions.
The technology coordinator will be responsible for training, modeling and assisting teachers in integrating technology in the classroom to improve student achievement and ensure that every student meets and exceeds the Arizona Computer Science Standards.
The technology coordinator will also maintain and update the district website and manage the district’s online library database. He or she will research and evaluate new instructional technologies and provide guidance on new technology purchases. He or she will coordinate with the technology department to ensure all classrooms have the technologies that meet district standards and ensure teachers are trained and have proper tech support to implement the technology in teaching.
The technology coordinator’s salary would be $65,318 for the first two years with a 1 percent increase each year after that.
At least a bachelor’s degree is required for applicants, as is a valid Arizona teaching certificate and at least three years of experience in a school environment.
School board members said the board will review the position after a few years to make sure that all the job’s responsibilities are being fulfilled and it isn’t too much for one person to take on. District staff noted that the retiring media specialist, Ms. Westrick, may return in a part-time capacity to assist with some of those needs.