About Us 

The IT Project Management Office (PMO) provides project management services, facilitates business processes and supports IT Governance projects. The PMO works with departments, programs and schools to implement these projects and ensure that there is an efficient process in place after completion.

 

PMO advocates a districtwide project management system and facilitates business process development by providing services that align district initiatives and promote collaboration.

 

Information Technology Governance (ITG)

The Anchorage School District (ASD) has implemented the Information Technology Governance (ITG). The ITG is a governance committee comprised of ASD Chiefs serving to develop an effective framework for intelligent IT decision-making, organization, control, and project management. ITG offers immense opportunities for increases in operational efficiency, service improvement, and return on IT investment.

 

In order for a project to be considered for ITG, please complete the ITG: Project Request Form.

 

The ITG: Project Request Form was developed for interested customers to begin the IT Project Request Process. This form will initiate the ITG project request and decision-making processes, identify all unique needs and considerations of each project, and ensure critical decisions are strategic and technically sound. ITG FAQ

 

Current Projects

Telecoms Conversion

IT is currently reviewing options for converting district telecommunications infrastructure from an antiquated system to a more user friendly and cost efficient option. During the 2015-16 school year, field trials were implemented across five schools. Using those field trials, the project team is evaluating which solution will foster increased communication and create a safer environment within our schools.

 

Contact: Ryan Thrasher

 

Q Upgrade

ASD is upgrading its current student information system from Zangle to Q, which is completely web-based. Q has added features and improved functionality that will provide a more streamlined tool for end-users, creating a more positive experience for ASD staff while also allowing for easier maintenance by our IT applications team.

 

   

Contact: Ryan Thrasher

 

Aesop Implementation

Aesop was officially implemented within the district effective July 1, 2016. The project team is continuing to work hard on improving functionality of the Aesop system and to create a better customer service experience for our users.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: Ryan Thrasher

ELL Eligibility

Over the next year, IT and ELL will work together to move the current written eligibility assessment to a web-based method. Implementation of the online testing method will enable ASD to remain in compliance with state and federal guidance for the identification of limited English proficient students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: Ryan Thrasher

 

Device Refresh

The goal of this project is to establish a model for a sustainable device replacement cycle which will ensure adequate devices are available for teachers and students. Instructional staff will have a primary workstation no older than four years and Chromebooks will begin replacing student devices that are 2009 or older (50 percent of the district's student computers fall into this category) so that educators will have more reliable and functional digital equipment to meet the demands of 21st century learning.

 

Contact: Julie Shuttleworth

 

OASYS

The purpose of this project is the migration of data and process from the old evaluation system, Teachscape, to the new system OASYS. Workflows and forms will be adjusted to produce a more streamlined and efficient system for evaluators and educators.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Contact: Julie Shuttleworth

Pararisk Replacement

The purpose of this project is to replace the current risk management software Pararisk with a new system. This new system will increase reporting capacity, increase efficiency and accuracy of claim activity management, decrease processing time and data entry errors and satisfy State of Alaska requirements for EDI compliance. It will also provide a more robust incident tracking system that will link Risk Management and Safety & Security data and process.   

 

Contact: Julie Shuttleworth

 

Wireless Modernization

When completed, the Wireless Modernization project will improve wireless capacity and extend saturation to cover all teaching spaces in the ASD.  Currently only 3 out of 4 classrooms have wireless connectivity resulting in dead spots in every school. Project goals include the replacement of all existing devices with upgraded technology as well as installation of points where wireless access does not currently exist.

 

Contact: Julie Shuttleworth

 

Student Nutrition

The Student Nutrition project will focus on the replacement of a disaggregated system (PCS and Horizon) with an single system throughout the district. Integration into Business Plus (IFAS) and Zangle (Q) will also be included, providing KPI’s for labor/food costs. Project objectives include the reduction in steps and system interface time for both school and central building staff.

 

 

 

Contact: Julie Shuttleworth

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