ArtCenter College of Design Publishes Report on How to Build Next-Level Maker Spaces

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week © ArtCenter College of Design© ArtCenter College of DesignMaking, and more recently digital making, has become a critical link to teaching and learning in schools and communities worldwide. ArtCenter College of Design has published a report outlining how to integrate digital making with traditional maker spaces to support designers as they invent the future. Spearheaded by the College’s Media Design Practices (MDP) graduate department, the Creating Maker Spaces in Schools of Art and Design report surveys maker spaces in and outside of education and aims to guide educational leaders wrestling with issues of efficiency and agility in today’s robust creative economy. On Tuesday, June 21, ArtCenter’s Casey Anderson presented the report during the Higher Ed Maker Symposium organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as part of National Week of Making, June 17 through 23, 2016.Making is at the core of most art and design schools where creative practitioners build prototypes, models and simulations to invent new products, services and experiences. Bold experimentation is deeply woven into the fabric of these institutions.“Today’s challenge is how to seamlessly integrate new forms of digital making with diverse curricula, complement existing facilities and be self-sustaining financially,” said Elise Co, MDP and Interaction Design faculty and co-author of the study with Ian Besler, MDP adjunct faculty and alumnus.“We’re intimately aware of the need to balance resource allocation with access to cutting-edge technology while providing the best education possible,” said Anne Burdick, chair of the MDP Department. “We feel strongly that our discoveries will be useful as schools explore how digital making relates to specific emerging areas of art and design.“Our goal was to create a practical guide for our peers in art and design higher education to capitalize on evolving technology and make the most effective decisions when planning improvements to campus facilities,” said Burdick.“To create ‘next-level’ making—which means to envision innovative maker spaces and systems beyond what is currently in play, we found that studio courses dedicated to the design of maker spaces, as well as open calls for proposals and institutional research initiatives are the best way to leverage the collective brain of this native community of makers,” said Co.With the knowledge shared in the report, schools will be prepared to develop maker spaces scaled to their community’s specific needs, from a single cart to an institution-wide network of specialized making “hubs.”Key findings:· Maker spaces allow technology to be accessible to non-experts, not just physically, but functionally. Training and peer-to-peer learning are key to how these spaces function even outside an academic setting. They’re designed for a range of users from novice to expert.· Technology plays different roles in different types of making—production, prototyping, experimentation—and in communicating working knowledge to collaborators.· Maker spaces are ecosystems that depend as much on community, staffing and programming as technology and equipment.· Maker spaces are best developed iteratively and grown organically to allow them to evolve based on real patterns of usage and visioning grounded in experience.· Beyond the “starter” maker space that is fast becoming a basic requirement, there are real design challenges and opportunities to define next-level Maker Spaces such as systems and networks of multiple venues and labs for highly specialized making.Report Credits:· Executive producer: Anne Burdick, chair, Media Design Practices Department· Project lead and co-author: Elise Co, faculty member, Media Design Practices Department· Researcher and co-author: Ian Besler, faculty member, Media Design Practices Department· Researcher and production assistant: Renée Reizman, coordinator, Media Design Practices Department· Graphic designer: Jessica LeeAbout Media Design Practices:Media Design Practices at ArtCenter College of Design offers an interdisciplinary design MFAgrounded in media and technology through a curriculum that features two intentionally divergenttracks. Each track—Lab and Field—prepares students to work in emerging roles and contexts fordesign. Lab students explore the cultural impact and possible futures of new ideas fromtechnology, science and culture. Field students mix ethnography, design and technology toaddress social issues in a developing world context. More at mediadesignpractices.net.About ArtCenter:Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society. Community News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Top of the News Community Newscenter_img Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Signs That Your Ex May Still Want You BackHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Education ArtCenter College of Design Publishes Report on How to Build Next-Level Maker Spaces New research highlights importance of digital making to achieve ideal learning and propel innovation By TERI BOND Published on Monday, June 27, 2016 | 5:08 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Subscribe 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

Council hears energy concerns

first_img Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article Of the renewal energy sources, Smith said, solar power, maybe if the cost of the panels and installation can be brought down.“But it just doesn’t make any sense, it’s just too expensive,” he said.During the business session, the council adopted a resolution to apply to ADECA for an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) to install LED lights on S.A. Graham Blvd, Clayton Street, Veterans Blvd. Galloway Road, 6th Avenue and Lott Blvd. The total cost of the project, including engineering, administrative costs and labor will be $81,481. The cost to the city will be $11,531, which is 14 percent of the total cost of the project.The council agreed to participate in the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with options of intent for community safe houses and a ditch drainage improvements on Highway 231.Britt Thomas, city manager, reported a purchase of playground equipment via auction in the amount of $6,037. The council agreed to install the equipment at Galloway Park.The Brundidge City Council meets at 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public. By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like Final superintendent candidate interviews Alexis Seymore says education is her passion. The superintendent of the Dawson Springs (Ky) School System was the final candidate… read more Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, June 21, 2011 By The Penny Hoarder Gary Smith, PowerSouth president and CEO, addressed the Brundidge City Council Tuesday to bring the members up to date on issues facing the utility industry now and long term.Smith said about 55 percent of electricity is generated by coal and, as coal usage is being curtailed, the utility industry is faced with challenges as it looks forward.“If coal comes off the table and it’s replaced with natural gas, the price of natural gas will go up,” Smith said. “Coal prices are going up and they are closing in on the price of natural gas. The efficiency rate of natural gas is better than that of coal and that has implications for the power industry.”center_img Next UpIncreased usage of natural gas plus coal exports to China and Europe will put a strain on the demand for natural gas.Diversity is essential to any business and the utility industry is no exception, Smith said.With coal and natural gas concerns for the industry, Smith said nuclear power is an attractive and viable option. Council hears energy concerns The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories Smith said there is no way that there is enough natural gas to take the world into perpetuity and nuclear energy is the most viable choice of available energy sources.When asked about solar energy as a cost savings options for individual home owners,Smith discounted solar power as a cost savings option.“Solar power is interesting and has the best chance of working of any of the renewable energy sources,” he said. However, he said that installing and maintaining the solar panels would cost homeowners about $500 a month “to cut their power bill in half.” Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Indiana house fire kills at least four as officials search for more bodies

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LOGANSPORT, Ind.) — At least four people have died after getting trapped in a house fire near Logansport, Indiana.The fire ignited at the residence just before 2 a.m. local time on Wednesday in a rural area of Cass County, about three miles outside the city.The bodies of two adults and two children were found in different parts of the home, Cass County authorities announced Wednesday afternoon.Two adults managed to escape as the flames engulfed the home and were taken to a local hospital, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum.Family members and the adults who escaped indicated that the bodies of two more people may be in the rubble, authorities said.The remote location of the house posed a challenge for firefighters trying to access the nearest water source to douse the flames, Slocum said. The early morning blaze has now been fully extinguished.The home was engulfed in flames by the time two Cass County deputies arrived on the scene, authorities said. One of the deputies tried to gain access to the second story of the home by climbing onto the first floor roof, but he was pushed back by smoke and flames.The roof and second story of the home collapsed as a result of the blaze, according to the sheriff’s office.The deceased have not been identified.“Right now, we have one confirmed fatality,” Slocum told reporters at a press conference Wednesday. “We’re obviously in the stages of trying to get into the structure and see if there are more bodies to be recovered. We anticipate that to be the case but we haven’t verified that.”The total number of missing individuals in the house fire has not been confirmed, according to Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson.“There’s so much destruction here,” Greeson told reporters, adding that it’s unclear whether the residence was equipped with smoke detectors.The Cass County Sheriff’s Office previously told ABC News that six people — four children and two adults — were killed in the fire.The cause of the blaze remains under investigation and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office is leading the probe, which is being treated as a possible criminal case.“We’re going to consider it a criminal investigation until we find out otherwise,” Slocum told reporters. “We’re very early in this investigation.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Staff away days are too artificial to be of value

first_img Comments are closed. Now this is going to make me sound like a real killjoy, but can someoneexplain to me what an “away day” is? Yes, I know what managementteams mean when they say they are planning to have an away day but the actualpurpose of these events always seems, how should I put this – unclear. But thenmaybe that is the whole point. I am not sure what the derivation of the word is, but I seem to remember theoriginal Away day was a train ticket, launched as part of a marketing campaignby British Rail. It did not matter too much where you ended up – the whole point was just toget “away”. Anywhere away from where you were, as long as you gotthere on one of its trains. Of course, that was back in the good old days, whenthere was a fair chance you could actually get somewhere, and back again, in aday. Everyone had a fun day out, but there was also a subliminal message that youwould get a bit of company bonding into the bargain. A bit of fun and some indistinct effort to aid team spirit is what mostmanagement away days are about. They have no particular destination in mind oreven a route map. Sometimes they are intended to give busy managers time tothink and reflect on their roles. Time, especially thinking time, is an increasingly scarce commodity back atthe ranch. If that is their purpose then I suppose it sounds just the sort ofthing some management teams could do with. It’s just this idea of going “away” that bothers me. It isartificial. When everyone is away from the workface, it is easy to forget allthe barriers, obstacles and frustrations that are part and parcel of our dailyworking lives in the office. Without these restraints it is relatively easy to achieve a temporary high,a feel good factor which will always make such events popular. This is why manyaway days are “facilitated” by “inspirational” or”motivational” speakers, because the element of fun and the high areseen as crucial elements. As any honest trainer knows though, getting good happy-sheet scores isrelatively easy – just make sure they have a good lunch and a few laughs. Unfortunately, the reason that no-one takes such scores seriously is becausethey know that the likely effects are about as substantial and durable as astick of candyfloss. On a personal level, it might well be more interesting to travel hopefullythan to arrive, but organisations should at least know what their destinationis. Otherwise they might as well all sign up for that other great day out – themystery tour. By Paul Kearns, Senior partner, Personnel Works Previous Article Next Article Staff away days are too artificial to be of valueOn 11 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 12/26/18

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONDetroit 106, Washington 95OT Phoenix 122, Orlando 120Toronto 106, Miami 104Indiana 129, Atlanta 1212OT Brooklyn 134, Charlotte 132Minnesota 119, Chicago 94Memphis 95, Cleveland 87Dallas 122, New Orleans 119San Antonio 111, Denver 103L.A. Clippers 127, Sacramento 118Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. December 27, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 12/26/18 Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Royal Navy’s New Type 45 Destroyer Visits London, UK

first_img View post tag: Navy September 13, 2011 View post tag: Navy’s View post tag: Destroyer View post tag: Naval View post tag: 45 View post tag: Type View post tag: News by topic View post tag: UK View post tag: Newcenter_img View post tag: Royal Training & Education View post tag: London HMS Dauntless became the first of the Royal Navy’s new Type 45 destroyers to visit the capital when she sailed up the Thames on Saturday to the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands.The destroyer will be moored outside the exhibition centre where the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi) exhibition is being held this week.Dauntless will be present at ExCel until Saturday 17 September 2011, and will be on display to the 25,000 visitors from around the globe who travel to London to see over 1,300 defence contractors from over 50 countries.Ships berthed in the vicinity of the ExCeL Centre provide a rare opportunity for international industry at all levels to demonstrate their equipment to potential clients.HMS Dauntless is the second-in-class of the new Type 45 destroyers, and was commissioned in June 2010. She has recently returned from trials and exercises in America where she participated in an annual naval exercise, working alongside warships from France, Russia and the US.Her Commanding Officer, Captain Will Warrender, said:“It is an enormous honour and privilege to be the first Type 45 destroyer to visit London, and to support this prestigious defence and security event.“HMS Dauntless represents the future for the Royal Navy, and is bristling with the newest military technology. The ship represents the finest shipbuilding skills the UK has to offer and is a great example of the high standards and capabilities of the British defence manufacturing base.”Dauntless is the fifth Royal Navy ship to carry the name (not including the one in the first ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film) and was designed primarily to defend multiple assets in an air threat environment. She is also capable of war-fighting in both traditional and littoral (close to the shore) environments.In order to achieve this, she is equipped with the most advanced propulsion system of any navy afloat and has a plethora of technologically-advanced weapons and sensors, including the Sea Viper missile system which encompasses multi-function radar to track and engage with multiple air targets simultaneously – without doubt the most modern and advanced system of its kind in the world.In September 2010, HMS Dauntless became the first Royal Navy warship to fire a Sea Viper missile and was awarded the Grytviken Trophy for anti-air warfare excellence later that year.[mappress]Source: royalnavy, September 13, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy’s New Type 45 Destroyer Visits London, UK View post tag: visits Royal Navy’s New Type 45 Destroyer Visits London, UK Share this articlelast_img read more

Summers’ a party for LMH

first_imgLMH JCR played host to an Anne Summers party last Friday evening, which saw girls perusing the latest lingerie and trying out sexual positions as well as being introduced to a diversity of sex toys such as the famous Rampant Rabbit vibrator, edible body paints and massage lotions. LMH lived up to its risque reputation as thirty students, all undergraduates, attended the girls-only event which was organized by Katie Beck, the female welfare officer, and held in the JCR. An attendee who wished to remain nameless told Cherwell that it had been “fun – a good chance to let your hair down”. Although participants had been allowed to try out some of the merchandise, they reported that the sizes were on the whole, “too big.” A raffle also took place in which ticket holders had the chance to win a prize ranging from chocolate body parts to the briefest negligees. Unfortunately, no photos were taken, leaving the male population of the college only guessing at what went on. A source said, “It wasn’t in the spirit of the event to take photographs; that was the whole point.” The party was designed to be a fun, “girly night in,” and is billed on the Anne Summers website as being, “the perfect opportunity to spend the night with your girlfriends, catch up on the latest gossip and shop till you drop…quite literally on the sofa…while having loads of fun all from the comfort of your own home!” The event was a huge success with many ladies making purchases. The organisers are now planning for a repeat of the event party. The LMH bash follows other colleges who are already purported to have hosted similar parties.ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004last_img read more

LETTER TO EDITOR: Mayor Muddies The Water On City Finances

first_imgName Held By RequestEvansvillePlease take time and vote in today’s “Readers Poll”. Don’t miss reading today’s Feature articles because they are always an interesting read. Please scroll at the bottom of our paper so you can enjoy our creative political cartoons. Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without our permission.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare In a move that demonstrated the sheer PR genius of the Winnecke administration, the Mayor’s treatise of excuses for the city’s financial trauma appeared on-line and in the “Dead Tree” edition of the daily publication over the weekend.His theme was penned because he is pleading to move $8 million around between the Rainy Day Fund, Riverboat Revenue Fund and General Fund. City council is scheduled to review his request Monday night.  Apparently, he still doesn’t get the meaning of “Rainy Day Fund” or he thinks it has been raining a lot during his time on the third floor of the Civic Center.He wanted to explain this little monetary difficulty to us, use his magic decoder ring, lest we lowly taxpayers get the impression that he just can’t figure out that “budget” means you are given a figure and you spend no more. He also didn’t want his financial maneuver to get tangled up in politics, he wrote. That train left the station a long time ago with Winnecke sitting in the engineer’s seat.With all the military precision of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he reviewed his litany of excuses for his government’s failure to keep the city on sound financial footing. The bugaboos, according to the Mayor, are: Less tax revenue, an inconvenient revenue distribution schedule, rising health care costs, and finally, property tax caps.Now, if he keeps harping about property tax caps long enough, he’s going to talk himself into quite a pickle. These state-required limits keep public officials/politicians from digging too deep into our pockets to fund government. This is a curious mantra for Winnecke, since it’s the final firewall between Evansville property owners and his grab for money.  Aren’t Republicans generally fiscally conservative?He concluded his theme paper with the familiar indictment of the Democrat-controlled City Council for an ordinance they passed earlier this year that stopped him from finessing the fund balances by smoothly maneuvering money back and forth, and around and around. It was hard to determine if the administration wasn’t counting the same dollar more than once, so seamless were the money movements.What he failed to mention was that prior to passing the ordinance,  the City Council made repeated requests for a “spending plan,” as they predicted the city’s financial ship could run aground. The  past Mayor of Evansville and City Controller said a plan would be forthcoming.  But another operative sneered, “We’re making a plan. It’s called a budget.”So, with no “plan,” the ordinance halting the fund interchange was passed, and the moaning began.The City Council, not without their failings, has become the Mayor’s favorite foil. In order to be the “good guy” he has to identify the “bad guys.”  They have often failed to fully examine issues in a timely and concerted manner.  Often, they are all over the place – challenging, arguing and finally acquiescing.  Leadership sometime seems to be simply a goal.But, the negative fiscal prognostications came from council, though sometimes hard to decipher.  The Mayor and his squad had a simple retort – “No it’s not.”  However, beginning year General Fund balances were reported to have dropped from $4 million in 2013 to $307,000 in 2015.You almost have to overlook some of Winnecke’s emotionally charged positioning.  After all, he came into office believing that Democrats loved him.  He somehow thought that election love, borne out of a local political divide of epic proportions, would continue as a warm afterglow into his reign.  The concept that “my enemy’s enemy is my friend” escaped him somehow, so he didn’t see that election love is a convenient, fleeting love.Thus he started down the path to a dicey relationship with Democrats on City Council.  He didn’t understand that he needed their approval for critical issues and other lesser whims. Cart then horse, was his frequent game plan.When he stood before that “Welcome to Evansville Earthcare Energy” banner on March 2, 2012, he didn’t make much of the fact that the City Council still had to OK the deal. With some hesitation that finally got legs, the council did get its turn to welcome Earthcare Energy to Evansville, but they chose to jerk back the welcome mat, thankfully so.  During this drama, the Mayor unveiled a strategy of casting council as obstinate, naysaying obstructionists.  Ah, where did the love go?Winnecke spent the rest of his first year in office waging a campaign to become the first monarch of a consolidated county-wide government.  That didn’t turn out so well either. They love me, they love me not.And finally, to explain his leadership posture and motivation, we have to remember he came from county government, a virtual Republican love fest for years.  Not an environment requiring a high level of compromise.  So power-sharing might have been a somewhat foreign concept for him, a love-struck new Mayor faced with figuring out how to work with checks-and-balances and having an apparent need to perfect his financial expertise.last_img read more

GreenPalm continues to promote its certificates

first_imgSustainability in the palm oil industry is largely being driven by GreenPalm certificates – instead of physical sustainable palm oil, according to new figures from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).Its figures show that while certified sustainable palm oil production has surpassed 5 million tonnes, 2.65 million tonnes have been sold, and 70% of them traded via GreenPalm certificates, which businesses buy to off-set their purchases of palm oil from a range of sources.GreenPalm general manager Bob Norman said: “It may surprise many people to learn that most of sustainable palm oil being bought by businesses is through the book-and-claim route. But when we take into account the sheer complexities of obtaining a segregated sustainable supply of palm-based products, it’s easy to understand why many businesses are choosing this approach.”Norman said GreenPalm was an important tool in the drive to change the palm oil industry at source, instead of rewarding only those certified mills with a supply link to large corporations.GreenPalm was set up by oil company AAK and the RSPO in 2006. AAK UK recently announced that its full range of bakery fats and many other standard product lines will now contain RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil.>>GreenPalm trades millionth certificate>>Suppliers step up to meet palm oil challengelast_img read more

School board approves remote learning plan, budget timeline

first_imgFARMINGTON – Regional School Unit 9 directors named an interim assistant principal and approved a budget timeline and an elementary school remote learning plan at Tuesday’s meeting.The remote learning plan described by Curriculum Coordinator Laura Columbia was for use in the elementary schools if they needed to go from the current, hybrid model to fully remote for a period of time. So far, Columbia said, the district had been fortunate and has only had to close the elementary schools individually, no more than a couple days at a time.The plan calls for a 9:30 a.m. to 3:12 p.m. school day with a minimum of one hour of direct instruction, potentially broken into smaller intervals. There would also be 3.5 hours of student support and engagement activities, which could include mini lessons, group and one-on-one support sessions and practice time, as well as an hour of independent student time. Instruction periods would focus on the reading, writing, math, science and social studies standards, Columbia said, noting that student standards would be prioritized given the more limited school time this year.The remote plan would maintain the Blue/Gold schedule. Classes such as art, music and physical education would use a mix of recorded videos, live instruction and office hours, depending on the grade level.Columbia said that the plan had been developed through discussions with teachers. Both Columbia and building administrators noted that they were continuing to reach out to students and families that needed help.The board also approved a timeline for the 2021-22 budget process. Utilizing a budget committee to review programs during all-day meetings in March, the timeline envisions a mid-April community forum and the process concluding with a referendum on June 8.The district’s longtime business manager, Kris Pottle, has announced her retirement as of this June, marking her last budget process with the district.Director J. Wayne Kinney of Farmington said that while the district couldn’t possibly replace Pottle, they would have to learn to live without her. “She certainly deserves our congratulations,” Kinney said.The board also approved naming Galen Dalrymple, a special education teacher, interim assistant principal at Mt. Blue High School. Dalrymple, who has a number of years with the district and has assisted in administrative functions before, will fill in for Joel Smith, who is serving as interim principal of MBHS with Monique Poulin working as interim Superintendent.last_img read more