New clocks tell more than time

Students were surprised to see the old round analog clocks had been replaced with these digital ones over spring break. Photo by Julie Samrick

The buzz at school has been the new clocks in every classroom throughout the Rescue Union School District.

Media and Technology Director Sheila Simmons worked tirelessly with her staff over spring break to have the new devices installed. They might just look like clocks, but they are part of a larger district-wide communications system, which is still in the fine-tuning stage. Training is under way.

The paging system includes a two-way intercom and rolling text displays.

“The school office may contact a specific classroom or the whole school, and the superintendent can reach all of the classrooms at every campus at the same time from his end too,” said Simmons. “The safety of our students is priority No. 1.

“Intercoms are only changed every 25 years, and as a district we were in need of reliable classroom paging, clock and bell solutions for day-to-day communications with students, staff, departments and grade levels,” she continued. “The previous analog clocks were so old (except for Lakeview’s), only one retired vendor had the parts to fix them, so after a lot of research we made the move to digital, which surprisingly didn’t cost much more but they serve dual functions.”

The district used one-time bond money to pay for the clocks.

“Key factors in the search for a new system also included a solution that offered instant communication in the event of an emergency, access by multiple users anywhere, anytime, and standardization district-wide,” said Simmons.

The state-of-the-art clocks will be featured this summer in Ed Tech Magazine.

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Posted by on May 13 2013.
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