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Linux in Education: Athens Schools

Oct 16, 2009, 19:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"But the number of instances that you hear of in regards to actual full on Linux and Open Source adoption in schools is few and far between, even though the number of schools supporting both is on the rise, albeit slowly. That's why I was very pleased recently to hear about a local school just southwest of where I live that had taken to living life with the penguin.

"That school was Athens Public Schools of Athens Michigan. I managed to secure an interview with their chief of information systems, one Barry Shackelford. Upon arriving at his humble little hut, a small, somewhat seasoned little masonry building, I was surprised to find a Free Software Foundation sticker emblazoned prominently on the window into the building.

"That's a good sign in and of itself. Upon entering, I was greeted by Barry and we talked for a while. He's prior service military, having spent over 20 years in the Air Force, and a man with more degrees than his wall could hold. Yet he was very down to earth and a lot of fun to talk with. He started with Athens schools in 2004 and has been doing their IT work ever since. His official title is "Technology Director" for the schools."

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