By Katherine Parker
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Fondly staring at long-forgotten flip phones, cameras and more on a bookshelf adjacent to his desk, Nick Migliorino reminisced about these dusty technology artifacts — a 1984 Macintosh (now converted into a picture frame) and a Sony Mavica, which uses floppy disks.
Migliorino’s passion for technology is always at the forefront of his work ethic and intersects with his enthusiasm for quality education.
As Norman Public Schools’ new assistant superintendent of administrative services and chief of technology, Migliorino said he is ready for the opportunity to affect change. Being in charge of child nutrition, maintenance and the 2014 bond issue is a big job, but Migliorino said he is excited to be a part of a school district that values education.
“I’m not going to try to fill Roger Brown’s shoes. I’m just going to go out and buy a new pair,” Migliorino said.
Migliorino has taken over Roger Brown’s position as NPS assistant superintendent of administrative services. Brown retired this summer and plans to move to Texas to be with family.
Migliorino previously worked as NPS director of secondary schools from 2008 to 2012. Then he went into the private sector as co-founder and later CEO of School Connect from 2012-2014. He also was a math teacher and coach at Irving Middle School from 1994 to 1997.
Migliorino’s 20-year career also includes administrative positions with Moore, Tahlequah and Putnam City public schools. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from East Central University in Ada, his Master of Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.
“From being a teacher to where I am now, the hardest thing is that I love being around kids and families. But in this position, I have the opportunity to affect more kids,” Migliorino said. “I can cast a broader net.
“Even stepping out of education for the two school years I did with School Connect, in the end I was able to affect over 600 districts across the United States, which is something along the lines of two million students.”
Working for School Connect, a company that provides web-based platform for schools to create their own mobile applications, Migliorino gained an additional perspective on the education system.
“I got to visit some of the leading schools and administrators across the United States and there are some great things going on. But the coolest thing was the affirmation that Oklahoma, whether we’re publicized or not about it, are leading the way. I saw things that were touted as new and great and I thought, ‘We’ve been doing that. We are innovative,’” he said.
As chief of technology, Migliorino will continue to push forward Norman Public Schools’ thriving innovation.
“Dr. Siano has always said, and it’s stuck with me, that we’re not going to make the use of technology an event,” Migliorino said. “It just needs to be what we’re doing. Going to a computer lab is an event. Let’s make technology and the integration of that something that’s part of every day.
“This community supports innovation. Why wouldn’t I want to be a part of that and help bring the right people together and make these opportunities a reality?”
Migliorino’s top technological goal is identifying what the district has in place so a strong infrastructure can support future advances. Teachers and students should not have to think about technological hang-ups, he said, and he is always thinking five years ahead.
“Getting the tools in people’s hands is the cool part, but for them to function correctly, the behind-the-scenes part that no one thinks about until it’s not working right, that’s where my focus is right now,” he said.
Another goal of Migliorino includes meeting expectations of the 2014 bond by facilitating the right minds and challenging them to think of what else the district can do.
“This is not a ‘one and done’ thing or a ‘two and done’ thing. This is a building process. This is just a small piece of what needs to happen,” he said. “I’ve got to identify what’s next. That’s what’s great, though. It’s like the ‘NeverEnding Story;’ you’ve got to keep writing the chapters.”
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