DATE: August 1, 2018
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
Interim Leader Chosen for Albemarle County Public Schools’ Department of Learning Engineering, Access, and Design
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – Albemarle County Public Schools said today that its Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Ira Socol, no longer is employed by the school division. Jamie Foreman, the Deputy Technology and Innovation Officer, will head the division’s Learning Engineering, Access, and Design (LEAD) department on an interim basis.
The division’s Assistant Superintendent for Organizational Development and Human Resource Leadership, Dr. Clare Keiser, said the school division will conduct a search for a permanent appointment of a department head.
Foreman joined the division in 2010 as an instructional technology specialist and has held a series of increasingly responsible positions over the past eight years. He was a major contributor to the development of the division’s digital learning curriculum and, most recently, was on the conceptual development team for Albemarle Tech, the pilot student center that will make its debut next month.
“Jamie has been closely involved over several years with the integration of technology in the classroom, and he has a deep understanding of how best to meet the needs of our teachers,” said Dr. Keiser. “We are fortunate to have a professional of Jamie’s caliber ready to step in to lead our technology programming and operations and our highly skilled and enthusiastic technology team. All of our schools can expect a high quality of support for students as they prepare for another opportunity-rich school year,” she added.
Every summer, LEAD provides a wide range of services to prepare students for the new school year. Beginning next month, all students in grades 3-12 will have their own computers. Each year, LEAD updates learning software on thousands of student computers. This year, LEAD is programming 3,000 new computers for students in grades 3, 6 and 9; installing new interactive wall display devices at several schools; and conducting professional development sessions for as many as 150 teachers who are new to the division.