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School board names new technology director

March 17, 1999|By BRUCE HAMILTON

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday night offered the newly created position of technology director to Elizabeth Klein.

A Falling Waters, W.Va., resident, Klein is manager of information systems for C M Offray & Son, a Hagerstown manufacturing firm.

She has a background in software development, data processing, and management information systems, according to Human Resources Director Phil Ray. She was selected from a pool of about 50 applicants, he said.

Klein has a master's of business administration degree from Frostburg State University, where she was an adjunct professor in the business school. She received a bachelor's degree in business management from Hood College in Frederick, Md.

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The position, proposed in November, will consolidate three departments and 22 employees who are working under different branches of the School Board.

In part, the position was created to give principals and teachers one contact for all their computer problems.

"People didn't know where to go when they had technical questions," said Ray.

The director will coordinate all computer activities in the school system, according to a job description. She will help teachers learn to use software and computers in the classroom in different ways.

The job has a salary range of $60,019 to $76,030. The director is expected to be on the job at the beginning of May, Ray said.

The School Board's human resource department narrowed down the initial applicant pool to a short list of four, Ray said. One applicant dropped out.

A team of five school administrators and two business people conducted two interviews with each of the remaining three. Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr. recommended Klein on Tuesday night and the School Board approved the selection.

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