Friday, October 5, 2012
Social media posts not allowed during work hours and information that would be inappropriate to say in a classroom also not permitted.
A new policy outlining the appropriate use of social media by school district employees, particularly teachers, was introduced by the Board of Education Thursday. The policy covers all social media sites and applications, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google+, among others. “Employees should exercise care in setting appropriate boundaries between their personal and public online behavior, understanding that what is private in the digital world often has the possibility of becoming public even without their knowledge or consent,” the policy states. Under the new policy, employees would be prohibited from, among other things: Superintendent of Schools Ray Gonzalez said officials are being proactive by creating the policy "before …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Superintendent lays out vision for this school year.
Officials this academic year want to improve students’ critical thinking skills throughout the district. The process of teaching students to think critically, and not just regurgitate information that they’ve memorized, is something that Superintendent of Schools Ray Gonzalez starts with getting them to understand the context of a particular event, fact, or process. “It’s not that you ignore the basics, but you give students a foundation and a way of thinking that gives them the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in various contexts,” Gonzalez said. “It’s great if every student is able to recite the dates from the American Revolution but it is even better when can get them to understand why a particular event happened when it did.” …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Success Communications will be paid $2,500 a month beginning July 1. Officials defend decision as "necessary."
Success Communications will continue to serve as the school district’s public relations firm. The Board of Education approved a $30,000 expenditure Thursday to renew the firm’s contract with the district. Success will be paid $2,500 a month from July of this year to June of 2013. “We think this is essential. This has been an issue of concern for many years. We need to improve our communication,” said board trustee Laura Stinziano. “We are moving this district forward. Having successful communication, both internally and externally, is essential to our district, especially in the day and age of technology we are living in.” Success has created accounts for the district on YouTube, Google+, and Twitter. It also created a Facebook page and …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
First phase of redesign scheduled to begin soon. Site will help officials share information with residents in a "timely" way.
The first phase of redesigning the Wayne Public School District’s Web site is scheduled to begin early this month. The redesign is the latest is a series of upgrades and improvements to the district’s digital footprint. The redesigned site will feature improved navigation and a district-wide calendar of events. Users will also have the ability to translate the site into eight languages. Officials are expected to add more information about the district’s curriculum, activities, and organization. Improving communications with “all members of the Wayne school district” is one of the goals district officials set for the upcoming school year. Officials want to “share important information about the school district” in a timely, meaningful, and …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Ray Gonzalez talks to student Eric Martinez about the district's future.
Superintendent Ray Gonzalez sat down for a brief interview recently with Eric Martinez, a student at Wayne Hills High School. Gonzalez talked about his first 100 days in office, his plans for the future, and initatives he and his staff are working on for the betterment and advancement of the district. The Board of Education selected Gonzalez last October to be the district's first permanent superintendent since 2009. He began his tenure with the district in December.