The Sweetwater ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Mr. Nicholas Rutherford to serve as the the district’s Director of Technology at a specially called meeting of the Board on August 6th at the Sweetwater ISD Board Room.  Mr. Rutherford earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Texas Tech University in 2005 in Management Information Systems. He currently serves as the Senior Systems Infrastructure Specialist (Systems Administrator) for Abilene Independent School District.

Noting some of his previous stops in his career, Nicholas previously served as the IT Coordinator in Novice ISD from 1999-2001. From 2006-20011 he served as the IT Administrator for Security State Bank & Trust in Fredericksburg, TX, where the bank consisted of 18 locations, 40+ Servers, and 360+ workstations. His current role is Abilene ISD began in 2012.  In his current role, Nicholas  managed services, configurations, and systems with around 170 virtual servers, over 17,000 students, 2,800 staff, over 12,000 devices at 30+ locations.  
Mr. Rutherford has been married to Jodie for 15 years.  Together, they have two children, Caleb, who is 9 years old, and Chloe (5 years).
“At Sweetwater ISD, the vision for our students with regard to technology is to provide students with resources, tools, and accessibility that allows them to increase their capacity to learn at a higher level,” Dr. McFarland, Sweetwater ISD Superintendent said.  “Mr. Rutherford is a forward thinking individual who wants Sweetwater ISD to be on the leading edge of technology integration for its students and teachers.  He understands that a lapse in time in teacher accessibility to necessary teaching tools translates into lost opportunities for successful student learning.  This focus on maximizing student success while promoting ease of teacher use heavily aligns with the direction of the district,”  McFarland added.
Of his new role, Mr. Rutherford said, “I am thrilled to be joining the community of Sweetwater, and to serve Sweetwater ISD. I was raised in rural and small communities, so I understand the unique challenges that we as a community face. Technology is a part of everything we do now and will even be much more widely available and utilized in the future. I believe it is imperative that we ensure our teachers and students have the access to tools, knowledge, and resources available via technology, especially for those who are less fortunate and do not have access to those types of resources at home.  I look forward to harnessing all that I have learned and skills I have developed to support and improve technology for the education of our students. “   
Nicholas will officially begin his role in SISD on August 13, 2018.

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