School District’s IT Department Receives Award

The Information Technology Division of the School District of Palm Beach County was presented a Silver Stevie Award for IT Department of the Year at the 13th annual American Business Awards in Chicago on June 22.

The Stevie competition started in 2002 to honor top-performing businesses worldwide. This year, more than 3,300 nominations were entered for all categories of the awards. The ABA’s are considered the nation’s preeminent business awards program.

More than 400 nominees and guests attended the gala ceremony, which was also broadcast to a radio audience. Stevie is a nickname borrowed from the Greek word for “crowned.”

The IT Division, led by Chief Information Officer Deepak Agarwal, earned distinction in 2014-15 by bringing new and improved services and efficiency to its customers. The school district is the 11th largest in the nation, serving more than 180,000 students. The IT Division’s professionals design, develop, deploy and maintain state-of-the-art enterprise systems to support 21st century digital learners. It provides innovative technology environments and information access that empower teachers, students, administrators and the community to share knowledge, collaborate, make informed decisions and drive business processes to peak efficiency.

“This national recognition is accepted on behalf of Palm Beach County’s vibrant community of 21st century learners,” Agarwal said. “I extend thanks for the support of my strong team in the IT Division, our leadership and the Palm Beach County School Board. The IT Team remains focused on providing superior technology support to our teachers and students to further their achievements and mission success.”

ABOVE: Dawn Pumphrey, Deepak Agarwal, Chris Persaud and Larry Padgett with the Silver Stevie Award.