Technology

Download the Harbor Springs Public School Student Computer and Technology Use Policy. 

Download the Harbor Springs Public Schools Technology Plan 2012-2015. 

Harbor Springs Public Schools launched an ongoing Strategic Technology Planning process in 1991. The process committed HSPS to building a technology infrastructure that would best support learning and teaching. This infrastructure focuses on using both quality hardware and software. It also requires continuous attention to research, upgrades, staff development and support. The HSPS staff, administration, community members and parents have worked hard to ensure that all students will have access to the most current technology equipment, instruction and resources.

The Harbor Springs School District is working toward achieving high results for all students. Desired results include:

  • 100% of our graduates will earn a State-endorsed diploma.
  • 100% of our students will exhibit the district’s outcomes at designated achievement levels.
  • 100% of our students, within six months after graduation, will be either placed in entry level or higher employment positions, enrolled in an institution of higher learning, or in an advanced training program.
  • The community will be involved in the district’s educational process, events, and/or committees.
  • 100% of the students and staff will perceive the environment in our school system as safe, nurturing, and intellectually stimulating.

Mission Statement
The Harbor Springs Public Schools are committed to providing a positive learning environment and a purposeful, diversified educational program designed to require that all students develop and demonstrate the skills necessary to be life-long learners and productive citizens. 

In order to support the District mission, the major objectives of the technology plan are:

  • We believe that we can use technology to help make our learning environment a more positive experience.
  • We believe that technology will allow access to a diversified base of information.
  • We believe that technology will allow students to more richly express their talents and skills. 
  • We believe that technology will help our students develop information gathering skills that will carry over into life-long activities.

School Information
Description and Demographic Data
Harbor Springs Public Schools, with 870 students and 55 teachers, is located in Harbor Springs, Michigan.  Harbor Springs is on Little Traverse Bay in the northwest lower peninsula of Michigan. The district consists of 4 distinct physical buildings.

  • Blackbird Elementary (K-2)
    421 East Lake Street
  • Shay Elementary (3-5)
    175 East Lake Street
  • Harbor Springs Middle School (6-8)
    800 State Road
  • Harbor Springs High School (9-12)
    500 Spring Street 

Vision & Goals
Our vision is to provide our students with sufficient technology and technological skills to allow them to become the life-long learners and productive citizens as described by our schools district mission statement.
In addition, HSPS will:

  1. Provide all students with equal access to a full range of information resources.
  2. Integrate technology into the learning process of every student.
  3. Incorporate Core Curriculum Technology Outcomes as defined by the State of Michigan.
  4. Invest in the technology necessary to graduate competitive, technologically literate students.

Goals – Broad Based / General
HSPS will use technology to facilitate known characteristics of an effective learning environment including:

  1. Supporting teachers in their role as a facilitator of learning.
  2. Making technology an integral and inseparable part of the classroom environment, both physically and based on the curriculum.
  3. To foster positive attitudes and perceptions by students about learning.
  4. Shifting an emphasis to active, constructivist learning from passive, transmission learning.
  5. Promoting, extending, and refining knowledge of higher order cognitive skills.
  6. Creating meaningful experiences for students to apply knowledge.
  7. Fostering productive habits of mind such as persistence, accuracy, using feedback, creativity and thinking rationally.

Property Disposition

Items that Harbor Springs Public Schools are no longer using will be sold via auction at the online website at Public Surplus. The general public is welcome to bid on any items up for auction. 

Bidding Process
1. Create an account at Public Surplus at this link: Register a Buyer Account at Public Surplus.
2. Follow any current auctions for Harbor Springs Public Schools here: Active HSPS Auctions.
3. Log into the site and bid on any items that you are interested in.
4. If you win an item, follow the instructions to set up a pickup time at the Harbor Springs Public Schools.

All bids/auctions are final and all monetary handling is processed by Public SurplusAuction Start Date:
May 16, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions – Computers and Technology
Q. Can I get a chance to test the equipment before bidding on it?
A. Unfortunately, no. Our IT department is not set up to allow potential bidders to “test drive” the equipment before bidding on it. We will try to describe the equipment as accurately as we can, and add pictures when possible.

Q. I want to pay by cash or check. Is that possible?
A. Public Surplus will only accept payment via credit card or wire transfer. Harbor Springs Schools does not have any mechanism on site to handle payment.

Q. Will the computers have any software pre-loaded on them?A. In general, the computers will either have no operating system, or an operating system as installed from the factory. The users will be responsible for any software that they wish to add.

Q. I am interesting in bidding on an item, but need it shipped to me. Can that be arranged?
A. The Harbor Springs Public Schools will not ship any items. The winning bidders will be responsible for arranging a time that they can come onto the campus and pick up their items. This will be during normal business hours (M-F, 8 to 5).

Q. What is a bid deposit?
A. A bid deposit is usually required if the item being bid on costs more than $500.

Q. I have some specific questions on the bid process – where do I go to find answers to that?
A. Public Surplus’s website has an extensive help feature to help any potential bidders. 

Frequently Asked Questions – General
Q. Can I bid on more than one item?
A. Yes, you can bid on more than one item.

Q. I won an item for X, but Public Surplus is billing me for more than that?
A. Winning auctions will also include a small service fee to Public Surplus, and may also include sales tax.