Gainesville City Schools

Keith Palmer

Departmental responsibilities:
Providing and maintaining a stable electronic instructional environment; collaborating with other staff to use information technology to better serve the System’s constituents (students, faculty, staff, administrators, Instructional Technology Specialist* and the public); identifying emerging technologies to meet the System’s changing needs; maintaining the System website to provide useful and relevant information to the public and to facilitate the use of online student instruction; providing governance for the use of software, systems and networks; protecting the System’s investment in technology;

Members of department:

  • Alberto Barbat - Technician for Enota Elementary School
  • Shelia Farquhar - Technician for Wood's Mill Academy / Bookkeeper & procurement
  • John Garmley - Network technician
  • Hazzel Kingsbury - Technician for Gainesville Exploration Academy
  • Gretchen Ruppenthal - Technician for New Holland Elementary
  • Cedric Spain - Technician for Centennial Arts Academy
  • Melanie Terrell - Student Information Systems Specialist
  • Debbie Valdez - Technician for Fair Street World IB School
  • Jennifer Vega - Technician for Gainesville Middle School
  • Tony Vega - Technician for Gainesville High School / Backup Network technician

Contact our department when you need information or assistance with:

  • All system technology purchases
  • Installation, setup & configuration of software, computers & tablets
  • Repair of computers, LCD projectors, printers and other perpherial devices
  • Powerschool
  • Technology Plans
  • System website (each school maintains their individual websites)
  • Erate
  • Technology work orders
  • Software available for download on the KACE
  • Web filtering per CIPA regulations
  • Wireless networking
  • User accounts/logins
  • System email


  • Telephone 770-536-5275
  • Fax 770-287-2019

* Gainesville City Schools makes the distinction between technology systems and instructional technology, and who best serves each role. The technology department is responsible for systems - the procurement, installation, configuration and maintenance of the hardware, software, networking and infrastructure that serve as the tools of education in the 21st century. But the hands-on skills necessary to install and maintain this equipment is not the same as those needed to instruct others on how to use technology.

To aid teachers in developing the skills of using technology in instruction, Gainesville City Schools maintains an Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) at each school. The person chosen for an ITS position holds a current Georgia teaching certificate and has conspicuous talents in using technology as an instructional tool in a K-12 environment. The ITS acts as a "technology coach" to the other teachers in the school.

The technician and ITS positions are symbiotic, yet distinctively separate in purpose and skill sets. For additional information on the various technology roles, see our Frequently Asked Questions section HERE.


Gainesville City Schools has long been a leader in instructional technology. The system was one of the first in the state to have broadband Internet access, publish a website and to offer email to every employee. Today, Gainesville City continues to set itself apart by supplying every teacher and administrator with a laptop computer or tablet and offers complete wireless networking anywhere on any campus. All locations within the school system are interconnected via 10GB fiber and Internet access is supplied through two separate Internet connections, working together to deliver 2GB on a normal basis, but each acting as a failover for the other. The school system currently has 3413 desktop and laptop computers plus 1641 iPad or KUNO tablet computers.

In 2013-2014 Gainesville City Schools will implement it's first true 1:1 technology program. Each student in grades 2 - 5 at Fair Street IB World School is supplied with a KUNO tablet computer to use throughout his or her time as a student at the school (for more information on the KUNO tablet and its Curriculum Loft management system, click HERE). The KUNO tablet will act as textbook and reference material for all classes and allow the student to receive, complete and submit to the teacher all homework electronically. Tests will also be taken on the device and graded instantly for dynamic feedback to the student. Other schools within the system are now piloting these devices as well.


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Please see each location's webpage for more information.

Locations Telephone Fax
School Board Office 770.536.5275 770.287.2019
508 Oak Street, Gainesville, GA 30501
Centennial Arts Academy 770.287.2044 770.287.2047
852 Century Place, Gainesville, GA 30501
Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy 770.532.7711 770.287.2011
1340 Enota Avenue, Gainesville, GA 30501
Fair Street IB School 770.536.5295 770.287.2016
695 Fair Street, Gainesville, GA 30501
Gainesville Exploration Academy 770.287.1223 770.535.3798
1145 McEver Road Extension, Gainesville, GA 30504
New Holland Core Knowledge Academy 770.287.1095 770.718.9935
170 Barn Street, Gainesville, GA 30501
Gainesville Middle School 770.534.4237 770.287.2022
1581 Community Way, Gainesville, GA 30501
Gainesville High School 770.536.4441 770.287.2031
830 Century Place, Gainesville, GA 30501
Wood's Mill Academy 770.287.2021
715 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501
The International Center 770.536.0081 770.536.6771
715 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501
Wood's Mill Learning Academy 770.287.8751 770.287.8639
715 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501
Daycare 770.287.2024 770.287.2025
715 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501
Maintenance & Bus Shop 770.536.8312 770.287.2008
816 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501