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Pace Nominated for State Tech Director of the Year
Pace Nominated for State Tech Director of the Year
Posted on 11/24/2020
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By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

BCS Technology Director Barry Pace is in the running for North Carolina Technology Director of the Year.

Mr. Pace’s peers in school technology departments nominated him to represent the Western Region of North Carolina at the Annual State Technology Directors Meeting in March, where the statewide winner will be announced. He is one of eight finalists.

“Mr. Pace’s nomination reflects his leadership in not only keeping our families connected during the disruptions caused by COVID-19, but to actually expand those connections even more,” said BCS Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin. “He is extremely deserving of this nomination.”

Proving that planning pays off, the BCS Technology Department quickly adjusted to school building closures earlier this year and delivered online instruction through its 1:1 Digital Initiative. This years-long investment has provided an instructional device (typically a laptop or iPad) to every child in the district. Before COVID-19, teachers used the devices to enhance classroom learning. When school buildings closed to students, the 1:1 devices allowed teachers to continue educating children. For all-remote (Plan C) students, the 1:1 devices continue to be a link to teachers and classmates.

“It truly takes a village, even more so at a time like this,” Mr. Pace said. “The Tech team has safely connected more than 2,700 homework hotspots to student devices, maintained a 1:1 device ratio for every student despite worldwide delays in device and parts delivery, and is always Zooming to help teachers and students connect to learning opportunities near and far. I'm honored and excited to have this opportunity to highlight their efforts and the efforts of all the amazing educators and support staff that make Buncombe County Schools a progressive and special place to work and learn.”

"We are always looking for ways for our teachers and students to continue to grow through authentic experiences and cutting-edge technology," added BCS Digital Learning Facilitator Jennifer Hand. "Under Mr. Pace's leadership, BCS will always be on the forefront of digital teaching and learning which opens the door for our students’ success as they enter the world beyond BCS."

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In 2018, Mr. Pace won the Making IT Happen award from the International Society for Technology in Education.

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