Phone: (616) 786-2050


Welcome to West Ottawa’s Technology Department

Technology Vision

West Ottawa Public Schools’ uses technology as a tool to facilitate and improve student achievement by preparing all students to succeed in a rapidly evolving technological world.

West Ottawa Public Schools is…

  • integrating technology based lessons to improve student achievement.
  • providing hardware and software necessary to meet educational goals.
  • providing technology applications that will motivate and prepare all students for our rapidly changing world.
  • improving two-way communication between parents and teachers to facilitate increasing student achievement.
  • providing technology based experiences that expose students to the wide range of cultural diversity in our rapidly “shrinking” world.
  • assisting students and community members in becoming technologically literate, lifelong learners by effectively integrating technology into instruction, operations and services.
  • preparing West Ottawa students for a global market place that demands excellence in order to compete.

Students at West Ottawa Public Schools will…

  • go into their futures prepared to take on the challenges presented by technology.
  • be able to apply their knowledge and experience to other areas of their lives.
  • be prepared for technology elements they encounter in the work world.
  • be prepared for a higher education.
  • carry their expanded technology experiences with them to college and/or their job careers.

Department Contact

Tom Winegar, Director of Technology
Phone: (616) 786-2025

portrait of Director of Technology Tom Winegar


Computer Technology

  • There are more than 3,200 computers on the district network.
  • Mobile wireless devices are also available for instructional use.
  • Wireless network access is available at every building.
  • Multiple servers enable common access to and use of software and files.
  • 37 computer labs district wide.
  • Ceiling mounted classroom data projectors enhance communication and instructional delivery.
  • Digital cameras, scanners, and video imaging enhance capabilities and encourage greater creativity.
  • At least one personal computer can be found in every secondary classroom in the district. Computer clusters, consisting of three computers and a laser printer, are the norm in elementary classrooms.
  • Library-media centers provide additional access to computer work stations.
  • Harbor Lights and Macatawa Bay house technology and robotics labs.
  • The high school vocational education complex features a technology work center complete with computer-assisted robotics and computer aided design (CAD).

Technology Integrated With the Learning Environment

  • Expanded research capabilities
  • Networked library-media services with access to global resources
  • Networked Internet access
  • Distance learning capabilities
  • Latest educational software
  • Curriculum enhancement
  • Opportunities for students to demonstrate proficiency and produce technology-based projects
  • Regular, observable application of skills to achieve or complete specified tasks
  • Improved assessment capabilities and less reliance on standardized testing
  • Increased individualization of learning and accommodation of different learning styles
  • Teachers record attendance and grades on-line using classroom computers
  • Support services are readily available to assist students and staff.
  • Technology workshops are frequently offered to all staff, volunteers and parents

Communications Tools

  • The integrated fiber optic voice, video, and data network provides a telephone in every classroom. Parents can contact teachers directly during school hours. If a staff member is unavailable, a voice mail message can be recorded and easily retrieved. A caller may be put in touch with an operator for immediate assistance.
  • The Infinite Campus Parent Portal communication tool connects parents/guardians to students’ data online, anytime, from anywhere there is internet access. Once the Portal is accessed, information about their child’s progress can be viewed.
  • E-mail can alert staff, students and parents to meetings, assignments, or important messages.


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