SOURCE: The Center for Digital Education

October 09, 2007 12:25 ET

Top Tech-Savvy School Boards Announced by the Center for Digital Education and National School Boards Association

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - October 9, 2007) - The Center for Digital Education and National School Boards Association are pleased to announce the 2007 Digital School Boards Survey winners. The Digital School Boards Survey examines how school boards and their districts are applying information technology to better engage local communities and constituents, and improve service delivery and quality of education to public schools.

"2007's Digital School Board Survey was truly impressive," said Marina Leight, vice president of education for the Center for Digital Education. "America's school districts and school boards continue to find innovative uses for technology that are making our children's schools better year after year."

"As technology changes, so does the need for school boards to adapt to new ways of management and communication," said Anne L. Bryant, executive director for the National School Boards Association. "We salute this year's top Digital School Boards that have integrated new technologies and are using them to lead their districts more efficiently."

Verizon Business, which provides advanced communications solutions for education, is sponsoring the 2007 Digital School Boards Survey. John Killian, president of Verizon Business, said, "Verizon Business commends school boards and their districts that use new technologies to help promote overall performance and efficiency. We share their commitment to empowering educators with compelling new ways to engage young minds and to facilitate collaboration among administrators, parents, students and the world beyond the four walls of the classroom."

2007 Digital School Boards Survey Top 10
(The top-10 ranking winners in each category)

Large Category -- More than 15,000 students

1st Houston County Board of Education, Georgia
2nd Kent School District #415 Board of Directors, Washington
3rd Fairfax County Public Schools Board, Virginia
4th Cherokee County Board of Education, Georgia
5th Olathe District Schools Board of Education, Kansas
6th Paulding County Board of Education, Georgia
7th Hillsborough County School Board, Florida
8th Cleveland County Board of Education, North Carolina (tie)
8th Cobb County School District Board of Education, Georgia (tie)
9th Anne Arundel County Public Schools Board of Education, Maryland (tie)
9th Tucson Unified School District Governing Board, Arizona (tie)
10th DeKalb County School System Board of Education, Georgia (tie)
10th Klein ISD School Board, Texas (tie)


Medium Category -- 2,501 to 15,000 students

1st White County Board of Education, Georgia
2nd Ben Hill County Board of Education, Georgia (tie)
2nd Howell Township Board of Education, New Jersey (tie)
3rd Monroe County School Board, Florida
4th Barrow County Board of Education, Georgia
5th Roanoke County School Board, Virginia (tie)
5th Vineland School Board, New Jersey (tie)
6th Board of Education of the City of Marietta, Georgia (tie)
6th Camden County Board of Education, Georgia (tie)
7th Clarke County Board of Education, Georgia (tie)
7th Lexington Public Schools District #1, Nebraska (tie)
8th Troy Board of Education, Michigan
9th Walton County Board of Education, Georgia
10th Gainesville City Board of Education, Georgia (tie)
10th Lowndes County Board of Education, Georgia (tie)


Small Category -- Fewer than 2,500 students

1st Maine School Administrative Unit 71 Board of Directors, Kennebunk and
    Kennebunkport
2nd Lyon County Board of Education, Kentucky
3rd Board of Education Spackenkill Union Free School District, New York
4th Webster County Georgia Board of Education
5th Frankton-Lapel Community School Board of Trustees, Indiana
6th Lamar County Board of Education, Georgia
7th Clinch County Board of Education, Georgia (tie)
7th Crawford County Board of Education, Georgia (tie)
8th Pawhuska Board of Education, Oklahoma
9th Chickamauga City School System Board of Education, Georgia
10th Stanley County School District Board of Education, South Dakota

Awards will be presented to the winners at a reception on Oct. 17, 2007 in Nashville, Tenn., during the National School Boards Association's T + L conference. Winners will share their projects and best practices the following day at a roundtable session.

About the The Center for Digital Education

The Center for Digital Education (www.centerdigitaled.com) is a division of e.Republic, Inc. (www.erepublic.com), a national publishing, event and research company focused on information technology in the public sector. It is a premier resource for technology policy and utilization in K-12 and higher education.

From its market intelligence programs, advisory services and research, to its annual events, custom publishing and publications, the Center provides the most dynamic and diverse opportunities for private and public sector leaders to succeed in 21st century education.

For more information about The Center for Digital Education call 916-932-1430 or visit us at www.centerdigitaled.com

About the National School Boards Association

Founded in 1940, the National School Boards Association (www.nsba.org) is a not-for-profit federation of state associations of school boards representing 95,000 local school board members throughout the United States. Its mission is to foster excellence and equity in public elementary and secondary education through local school board leadership. NSBA represents the school board perspective in working with federal government agencies and national organizations that impact education, and provides vital information and services to state associations of school boards throughout the nation.

About Verizon Business

Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large business and government customers worldwide. Combining unsurpassed global network reach with advanced communications, security and other professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world. For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.

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