Johnstown Independent

Technology coordinator

Carter unplugs after decade with district

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Johnstown-Monroe's Mike Carter will log out June 11, when he retires as school district technology coordinator.

The school board on Feb. 10 accepted his retirement resignation.

Carter was hired 10 years ago by former Superintendent Doug Heuer.

The Delaware resident helped the district expand from 350 computers to more than 1,200. SMART Boards and projectors are in most classrooms, along with a new network with fiber optics connecting the buildings.

Carter also added a new point-of-sale system in the cafeterias, an emergency calling system, a high school video security system, school cameras, electronic locks and entry buzzer systems, an enterprise wireless system, Windows servers and many other technology upgrades.

"I took the job to give back what I had learned," he said. "I've enjoyed working with students. We have good students. I also love the staff here."

Carter, 61, said he knew he wanted a career involving technology when he was only 5 years old. He was fascinated watching television programs that showed computer consoles with lights and gadgets, he said.

Carter studied accounting and data processing at Eastland Vocational School in the late 1960s and graduated from Reynoldsburg High School in 1970.

He spent four years in the Navy and then eight years as a social worker in Columbus because he couldn't find a job in information technology, he said. As a case manager, Carter said, he was able to hone his people skills.

He landed a PC product-manager job with Automatic Data Processing in Columbus from 1983 to 1991. He moved to New Jersey in 1991, when he worked for ADP as senior tech-support person for top executives and managed the corporate website. He stayed in that position until moving back to Ohio in 2003.

Carter said he has seen many changes in technology at Johnstown-Monroe over the past 10 years, and he's proud of the accomplishments that have been made within the district.

"After 30-plus years in the information-technology field, it is time to do something else," he said. "I will miss the great staff and many friends I have made in Johnstown over the last 10 years."

Adams Middle School principal Debbie Seibel has worked with Carter for the past decade.

"I first worked with Mike in my role as building technology coordinator for the high school," she said. "Mike has brought our district a long way, in terms of technology. I really appreciate his service to our district and will miss working with him."

High school computer science teacher Mike Bumbaugh has been a colleague for six years.

"Mike got me professional software to prepare students for the real world," Bumbaugh said. "He has real attention to detail. He saved the taxpayers a lot of money with good deals, repairs and equipment donations."

Bumbaugh said Carter is a person of high integrity.

"He dots I's and crosses T's to make sure everything is on the up and up," he said. "In his personal life, he does a lot of volunteering, and he's ex-military. He's a good person."

After retirement, Carter said, he intends to get more involved in a prison outreach ministry called the Rag Tag Worship Team. He is lead singer and plays acoustic guitar for the band, witnessing through music in prisons, including Marysville Women's Reformatory, Marion Correctional Institution and Franklin Medical Center.

"We started playing, and we were so blessed," Carter said.

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