Behind the Scenes in the Technology Department

  • Joe Babcock smiles as he works on configuring a tablet. The Queensbury Union Free School District prides itself on being a successful, early adopter of technology. With more than 4,000 devices total – from Google Chromebooks to ASUS tablets and even 3D printers – technology plays a large role in education for Queensbury students of all ages.
    A dedicated team of technology professionals provide the daily service, technical support, data analysis, networking ingenuity, creative problem solving and knowledge that allows the district’s technology to operate efficiently. Joseph Babcock is part of that team.
    This June marks Babcock’s 12th year working for QUFSD, and he says everyday is a new day for problem solving.
    “I fix computer issues. Basically any software or hardware issues that users have daily,” Babcock said. “I do different things every day. It’s not the same old same old.”
    Babcock’s focus is on the technology housed at Queensbury Elementary School and William H. Barton Intermediate School, but he also looks after technology in the district office and the transportation building, too.
    “I’m working on some tablets now that will be used for special education in student support services. They’re great when they work, but they can be quirky,” chuckled Babcock. “I’m trying to get those going right now.”
    In his off-time, Babcock likes to unplug and head to the mountains. The outdoor enthusiast is also an Adirondack Forty-Sixer and enjoys climbing whenever he gets the chance.
    “I’ve got 22 winter hikes under my belt. It started in 1986. I climbed three peaks back then, but I got away from it,” Babcock said. “I started up again in 2012 and I’ve been steadily working on it since then.”
    Babcock, originally from Western New York, moved to Queensbury in the late 1990’s to be closer to the mountains. But the move, he says, also brought him to a job he loves.
    “It’s a great place to work and I work with a lot of interesting people,” Babcock said. “I think we’re ahead of the curve, technology-wise, and I really like that part of the job.”