Ric Cargas Recognized for Setting the Pace for Operational Efficiency at Council Rock School District, Pa.
Ric Cargas, database and information systems manager for Council Rock School District, Pa., has been recognized as an Operational Efficiency Pacesetter in SunGard K-12 Education’s Lead without Limits Awards Program. From nominations from educators and school administrators from across the country, Cargas was selected as the individual who best leverages technology to improve the efficiency of school/district processes.
As database and information systems manager for Council Rock School District, Ric Cargas manages the process of evaluating and implementing technological tools for the district. In his nomination of Cargas, Barry Desko, Council Rock’s director of secondary education said, “Ric Cargas has put in place all of the necessary tools to allow our district, schools, teachers, parents, and students to be more effective and efficient in their work. In so doing, we have moved our district forward in its use of technologies to better serve all of our stakeholder groups.”
Among his notable accomplishments, Cargas recently led an effort to implement a new elementary standards-based student report card. His involvement in the implementation process prompted Cargas to design a report that is helping administrators and teachers gain a better understanding of student achievement and identify opportunities for growth.
When Council Rock implemented PerformancePLUS AssessmentBUILDER, Cargas identified the need to centralize bubble sheet processing at the building level. He developed a program and set up a shared server on which all bubble sheet image scans are saved and read. The consolidated process has greatly reduced the administrative burden on educators, who now have more time for instruction.
“Ric is a pacesetter in our district, facilitating our use of technology to improve all aspects of our district, helping make our practices better, cheaper, quicker, and more effective,” said Desko.
The Lead without Limits Awards Program recognizes school districts, schools, departments, administrators, and educators that leverage technology to help improve student achievement and/or school or district efficiency. Operational Efficiency Pacesetters create opportunities for strong productivity by creating initiatives that use technology to help make things better, cheaper, quicker, and/or more effective.
Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Education’s vice president of product, celebrates Cargas and SunGard K-12’s other Lead without Limits Award recipients. “It’s an honor to serve this nation’s school districts as they inspire students and support them in realizing the greatest possibilities for their lives,” says Hames. “Through their dedication and innovation, the Lead without Limits Award recipients are having an inspiringly positive impact on our children.”
The Lead without Limits Awards recipients received a statuette. They are now in the running for the annual awards that will be presented at SunGard K-12 Education’s National User Group Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. SunGard K-12 Education will select the three annual award winners from all the monthly recipients during the year. For these three annual winners, SunGard K-12 will pay the conference fee for one individual to represent them at the conference and hear best practices shared by districts across the country.
Nominations for the Lead without Limits Awards are accepted through an application form available on SunGard K-12 Education’s website. For guidelines and selection process, please see the Lead without Limits Awards Program information online.
Council Rock School District, Pa.
Council Rock School District educates approximately 11,700 students in 15 schools in Bucks County, a historic area in southeast Pennsylvania. The district prides itself on blending “the past with the present to meet the challenge of the future.” Approximately 950 faculty and staff seek to “empower students with knowledge, habits, and attitudes to become life-long learners and to lead and serve in a diverse, global society.”
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