Technology Staff


15 days ago

Technology Makes Learning Fun!

Laurens 55 Technology Department's goal is to support instructional, administrative, and operational use of technology appropriate to the mission and goals of the school district.  
The Technology staff is committed to supporting the educational mission of Laurens County School District 55. We aim to continually provide innovative solutions to the complex array of problems that surface in an educational environment. Additionally, we strive to provide maximum up-time to our users as well as resolve both hardware and software problems in a timely manner.

District Email

15 days ago

District email belongs to the school district and email should not be considered private.  It can be accessed for Freedom of Information requests, eDiscovery, or administrative reasons.   Email is provided by the district for business use.

How to set up a smartphone:

iPhone  (there are several ways to set this up, but this way is the only one that gives you full functionality.)
 Open Settings, then open Mail, Contacts, and Calendars.  Select Add an Account, then 
Microsoft Exchange (IOS 3.0 only allows one Exchange mail server).  In the Email field, enter your full email address.  [Do not download the Google App or choose GMAIL from the menu of email types]

If you use IOS version 6 or higher:  Open Settings, then open Mail, Contacts, and Calendars.  Select 
Add an Account, then Microsoft Exchange (IOS 3.0 only allows one Exchange mail server).  In the Email
field, enter your full email address.Enter your Google Account password as the Password. Press Next 
at the top of your screen.  Enter in the Server field.  Leave the Domain field blank. Enter
your FULL email address as the Username. Press Next at the top of your screen again.

If you use older versions of IOS:  
Leave the Domain field blank. Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username.  Enter
your Google Account password as the Password.  Tap Next at the top of your screen.  Choose Cancel 
if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.  When the new Server field appears, 
enter  To access, set the language to English (US).  Press Next at the top
of your screen again. 

Example screen images for steps above. 


add exchange server
enter Exchange server for Gmail
You can select to sync Calendar, Contacts, and/or Mail.  I recommend you start with Mail - add calendar if you like.  If you want to include contacts, look at the contacts in your email account because you may not want all of these on your phone/tablet.  I  recommend you not do contacts yet.  It will sync your personal address book and your frequent contacts address book.  There are three options for keeping your contacts synced.  You can keep your device's contacts and sync just your My Contacts group, you can sync only Google Contacts and wipe your device's contacts, or you can merge your contacts via iTunes and sync only the contacts that stream with your phone.  Google's instructions are here.
How to set up the Android smartphone
Google produces Android phones, so full functionality is built in for this in all Android phones.

Benefits of the Google Enterprise for Schools Email System which Our District Uses.

  • Excellent email system with many features
  • More powerful calendar
  • Word processing and spreadsheet online
  • Collaboration tools
  • Saves the district money and time
  • Provides Google Dive with a great deal of secure storage to store with ability to share files
  • Reliable and secure - it always works
  • Connects with smartphones, tablets,  laptops, and desktops 
  • Green!  Reduces the district's environmental footprint

Technology Coaches

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School Technology Coaches

Each school has one or more instructional staff assigned the role of Technology Coach who has the additional duties of providing on-site support to teachers and administrators with the primary goal of helping integrate technology into instruction.  They also are the school contact for all issues relating to the Teacher Technology Competencies.


Jeff Brink
Jeff Brink-District Technology Coach

Robert Sherer, District Technology Coach


Tracy Addy (LDHS)


Jeffrey Whitener (LDHS)


 Claudia John (Hickory Tavern)


Michele Spires (Gray Court-Owings)

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Kathy Butler  (Laurens Middle)


Benita Scott-Madden (Ford School)

Wilma Tribble (E. B. Morse)


     Anna Barker (Sanders)

Jeff Brink



Kayla Patterson (Waterloo)

Ami Hardy (Laurens Elementary)


Chromebook Info for Students -- COVID-19

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Need help ?  Having an issue ?

Please contact your teacher.  They may have easy solution for you. If not they will submit a technology support request for you to get the issue resolved.

Edmentum Issues ?

If you are experiencing issues with Edmentum please clear the browsing data on your Chromebook to resolve the issue.

Clearing Browsing Data

1) Click the three dots at the top right.
2) Click History.
3) Click History on the pop-out menu.
4) Click Clear browsing data on the left.  
5) Set the time range to All time.
6) Note the browsing history option is grayed out.  That is on purpose.  
6) Make sure cookies and other site data is checked.
7) Make sure cached images and files is checked.
8) Click on Clear data.
9) Close all open tabs.
10) Relaunch Chrome to see if the problem is resolved.

If the problem is not resolved Edmentum wants students and parents to call them directly.  
Please call:

1 (800) 419-3191 

option 9 for Support then 
option 1 for Courseware

Chromebook Damaged or Defective ?

If you Chromebook is accidentally damaged  or defective please contact your teacher. They will submit a technology support request for you.


Issues with Clever ?

If you are having issues with please contact your teacher. They will submit a technology support request for you