Maru-a-Pula: Preliminary Recommendations

Since Maru-a-Pula is now on holiday, I will take the next couple of weeks to write my final report on my visit. Here are some of the recommendations I plan to make, in rough order of priority.

1. Finish networking the academic part of the campus.

2. Redistribute former lab computers to department offices and classrooms as requested.

3. Follow a sustainable system replacement schedule

4. Renegotiate external support contract to focus on occasional, highly technical support rather than daily, routine support tasks.

5. Build new school web site aimed at prospective and current families.

6. Share student technology self-assessment results with staff.

7. Install and configure new servers.

8. Continue to improve Internet bandwidth.

9. Provide staff training for a variety of tech skills

10. Provide a data projector to each department that wants one.

11. Provide 3-5 laptops to staff each year based on a competitive application process

12. Launch school intranet web site to host a simple CMS, such as Moodle.

13. Upgrade clients in two remaining computers labs and library, including at least one Mac/Win dual-boot facility.

14. Extend campus network to staff housing on campus.

15. Redesign forms 2-3 curriculum to replace tech classes with technology projects integrated into other subject classes


  1. Victor Mrosso says:

    Mr. Kass

    I am so glad that you are still very active with Maru A Pula School. I don’t know if you remember me, but we ran around that track many a time, and probably did a few road races together. I wish I had know that you live in Oakland, because I out there visiting a friend this time last year.
    Well I hope all is well with you, and I look forward to hearing from you.


  2. rkassissieh says:

    Of course! Thanks for looking me up. We are moving to Portland, so drop a line if you come by that way.