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									           THE COMMISSION ON EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

     MEETING OF THE COMMISSION ON EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
     SUB-COMMITTEE FOR REVIEWING NEVADA SCHOOL DISTRICTS’
                      TECHNOLOGY PLANS

                        Wednesday, April 1, 1998
                             State Board Room
                     Nevada Department of Education
                  700 East 5th Street, Carson City, Nevada

                                  Minutes

SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:

         John Snyder, Chairperson
         Moises Denis, Member
         Senator Bill O’Donnell, Member

DEPARTMENT STAFF PRESENT:

         Doug Thunder, Deputy Superintendent, Administrative and
               Fiscal Services
         Frank South, Team Leader
         Jane Crawford, Management Assistant

AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE:

         Paul Gowins, SEAC
         Terry Lizotte, Clark County School District
         John Carpenter, Clark County School District
         Christine Huss
         Lee Radtke, Corporate Assistance
         Dave Pyle, Douglas County School District
         Sean Whaley, Las Vegas Review Journal
         Janice Towns, Carson City School District
         Kathleen Barfield, WestEd
         Arlene Cook, WestEd
         Dan Piel, Storey County School District
                                                   Sub-Committee for reviewing Nevada School Districts’
Technology Plans

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1.       CALL TO ORDER

             The meeting of the sub-committee for reviewing Nevada School Districts’
Technology Plans was called to order at 9:45 a.m. by Chairperson John Snyder in the
State Board Room, at the Department of Education, Carson City, Nevada.

2.       APPROVAL OF AGENDA

             Member Moises Denis moved to approve the agenda and Senator Bill
O’Donnell seconded it. The motion passed unanimously.

3.       REVIEW AND POSSIBLE APPROVAL OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS’
         TECHNOLOGY PLAN

               Doug Thunder stated on March 4, 1998, that the Technology Commission
reviewed ten applications from Nevada School Districts for the 61.2 funding. The
Commission found these applications acceptable with the understanding that the
Sub-Committee would review their technology plans. If the Sub-Committee approved
their plans, then the sub-grant awards would be released.

              The sub-committee reviewed a checklist for the evaluation of school
districts educational plans that was provided by the Department of Education. The
checklist was approved by the sub-committee (attachment A).

              Moises Denis requested clarification on the role of this committee. John
Snyder stated that the role of this committee is to review the technology plans and
possibly approve them for 61.2 funding. He also stated that the technology plans
should be carefully reviewed for all future technology funding. Doug Thunder stated
that recommendation could be given on the plans to strengthen them for future
application purposes. Also, the preliminary Nevada State Technology Plan is to be
submitted by July 1, 1998 and there may be the need for some coordination between
this plan and the school districts’ plans.

                   The sub-committee reviewed Carson City School District’s technology
plan.

               Lee Radtke stated that if one school in Carson City is falling behind the
 other schools in technology, then they try to bring them up to be on the same level with
 the rest of the schools.

             Doug Thunder commented that the school districts are attempting to write
 a technology plan for all sources of technology funding.

                   Janice Arthur-Towns was present represent the Carson City School
 District.
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              The sub committee suggested these items be strengthened or
incorporated into the Carson City School District technology plan:

          a more clear delineation of the priorities for the use of funding;
          the inclusion of language which states how the district will meet the special
           need of disabled or handicapped children; and
          the description of the district’s evaluation: how the impact of educational
           technology on student achievement will be measured and how the use of the
           technology funding will be evaluated.

              A motion was made by Senator Bill O’Donnell to approve the Carson City
School District’s technology plan. Moises Denis seconded the motion. The motion was
passed unanimously.

                   The sub-grant award of $90,394 will be released to Carson City School
District.

              The sub-committee reviewed the Clark County School District’s
technology plan. Jerry Lizotte and John Carpenter represented Clark County School
District. Clark County School District held a three-day planning meeting. All divisions
came together to outline their vision on what they wanted to see in the next few years.
By the end of 1999, all classrooms in this district will be network capable. Department
of Education requested Clark County to give a more detailed description of the
evaluation process when the application of 61.2 was reviewed. Clark County School
District responded in a letter, by pointing out what parts of their 61.2 application clarified
the evaluation process. They are working on strategies to strengthen the evaluation
process of teachers and students. Evaluation and training will be consistent for
student and teachers throughout the district.

              The sub-committee suggested these items be strengthened or
incorporated into the Clark County School District technology plan:

          incorporate into the plan the district’s evaluation of the affect of the funding
           on student achievement; and
          a description of how the district will address the special educational
           technology needs of homebound students.

              A motion was made by Senator O’Donnell to approve Clark County
School District’s technology plan. Moises Denis seconded the motion. The motion
passed unanimously.

              The sub-grant award of $1,805,423 will be released to the Clark County
School District.

              The sub-committee reviewed the technology plan from Douglas County
School District. Dan Pyle represented Douglas County School District. Their priority
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is to get all schools wire and a computer in each classroom that can access the
Internet. Douglas County schools have computer labs.

           The sub-committee suggested these items to be strengthened in the
Douglas County School District:

          more detail on the current status of educational technology in the district’s
           schools; and
          reform the plan more as a stand-alone document, rather than as portions of
           the district’s overall strategic plan.

              A motion was made by Senator O’Donnell to approve Douglas County
School District’s technology plan. Moises Denis seconded the motion. The motion
passed unanimously.

              The sub-grant award of $62.469 will be released to Douglas County
School District.

              The sub-committee reviewed the technology plan from Lincoln County
School District. Vaughn Higbee represented the Lincoln County School District. He
gave a brief overview of what Lincoln County School District’s goal is for technology in
the schools. They have computers in each classroom, but would like a classroom with
just computers that are network capable. This classroom would be used for a
computer class that each student would attend. The first need of Lincoln County
School District is infrastructure so that the schools would be network capable.

              The sub-committee suggested these items to be strengthened or
incorporated into the Lincoln County School District technology plan:

                    incorporate much of the language in the application for Section 61.2
                     funding into the district’s technology plan;
                    strengthen the language which states how the district will meet the
                     special needs of disabled or handicapped children;
                    seek assistance in further development of technology plan; and
                    consider requesting additional funding from Section 61.2 to address
                     the school districts special needs. Also, the district should request
                     from the Commission the authority to use any unused planning money
                     for projects included in the application.

               Senator O’Donnell made a motion to approve the Lincoln County School
District’s technology plan. John Snyder seconded the motion. The motion passed
unanimously.

                   The Sub-grant award of $9,200 will be released to Lincoln County School
District.
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Technology Plans

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               The sub-committee reviewed the technology plan from Lyon County
School District. John Snyder1 represented Lyon County School District. With the
insulation of the wide area network, Lyon County School District should be able to
provide Internet to every classroom. After school is over, they plan to have a
two-week teacher-training program on the use of new hardware and software.

              The sub-committee suggested these items to strengthened or be
incorporated into Lyon County School District’s technology plan:

                    the inclusion of language which states how the district will meet the
                     special needs of disabled or handicapped children; and
                    the description of the district’s evaluation: how the impact of
                     educational technology on student achievement will be measured and
                     how the use of the technology funding will be evaluated.

               A motion was made by Moises Denis to approve the Lyon County School
District’s technology plan. Senator O’Donnell seconded the motion. The motion
passed unanimously.

                   The Sub-grant award of $76,100 will be released to Lyon County School
District.

              The sub-committee reviewed the Elko County School District’s technology
plan. They contacted the Elko County School District by phone and spoke with Bill
McLeod. Mr. McLeod stated that the money would be allocated on a school site plan.
Each school would develop their plan on their vision of how technology will be used in
the classroom. Elko County School District provided each school with the framework
that coincides with the School Districts plan.




1
 John Snyder handed his chairmanship over to Senator O’Donnell during the review of Lyon County
School District’s technology plan. He will not vote to approve or vote to disapprove the Lyon County
School District’s technology plan.
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Technology Plans

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              Senator O’Donnell was concerned about equal access or availability of
technology throughout the schools. Bill McLeod stated that what they have planed is a
four year rotation of the district’s general funds to be allocated to the schools. If extra
money does come in for technology then they would review the schools to see what
school is in need the most for upgraded technology.

              The sub-committee suggested these items to strengthened or to be
incorporated into the Elko County School District’s technology plan:

                    a more clear delineation of the priorities for the use of funding;
                    the inclusion of language which states how the district will meet the
                     special needs of disabled or handicapped children; and
                    a review of the district’s use of the various funding sources, how each
                     funding source will be distributed among the schools, and how the
                     district will oversee the schools use of each funding source.

              A motion was made by Senator O’Donnell to approve the Elko County
School District technology plan, with the stipulation that Elko County rewrite their plan to
say what they really want to accomplish in technology. Moises Denis seconded the
motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

                   The Sub-grant award of $107,245 will be released to Elko County School
District.

             The sub-committee reviewed the Washoe County School District’s
technology plan. Sheila Rojas of Washoe County School District was contacted by
phone.

           The sub-committee had these suggestions to strengthen or incorporate in
the Washoe County School District’s technology plan:

                    the inclusion of language which states how the district will meet the
                     special needs of disabled or handicapped children; and
                    the description of the district’s evaluation: how the impact of
                     educational technology on student achievement will be measured and
                     how the use of the technology funding will be evaluated.

              A motion was made by Senator O’Donnell to approve Washoe County’s
School District’s technology plan. Moises Denis seconded the motion. The motion
passed unanimously.

              The Sub-grant award of $455,294 will be released to Washoe County
School District.

            The sub-committee reviewed Eureka County School District technology
plan. Elmer Porter was contacted by phone. The sub-committee needed clarification
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on educational technology and student achievement. Elmer Porter stated that Eureka
County is in the process of developing a new curriculum inaugurating technology, it will
be based on student performance.

             The sub-committee had these suggestions to strengthen or to incorporate
in the Eureka County School District’s technology plan:

                    provide more detail on district’s evaluation plan;
                    how their impact of educational technology on student achievement
                     will be measured ; and
                    how the use of the technology funding will be evaluated.

              A motion was made by Senator O’Donnell to approve Eureka County
School District’s technology plan. Moises Denis seconded the motion. The motion
was passed unanimously.

              The Sub-grant amount of $7,500 will be released to Eureka County
School District.

                   The sub-committee reviewed Humboldt County School District technology
plan.

             The sub-committee had these suggestions to strengthen or incorporate
into the Humboldt County School District:

                    provide more detail on district’s evaluation plan;
                    how the impact of educational technology on student achievement will
                     be measured; and
                    how the use of the technology funding will be evaluated.

            A motion was made by Senator O’Donnell to approve the Humboldt
County School District’s technology plan. Moises Denis seconded the motion. The
motion passed unanimously.

                   A Sub-grant of $34,387 will be released to Humboldt County School
District.
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Technology Plans

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              The sub-committee reviewed the technology plan from Nye County
School District. In the sub-committee review of this plan, it was determined that it was
not acceptable for the purposes of the Section 61.2 funding.

              The sub-committee suggested that the district use the $12,500 allocated
for planning to acquire technical assistance for the developing of a plan that will be
acceptable for the funding provided in the Reform Act.

            A motion was made by Senator O’Donnell to deny the approval of Nye
County School District’s technology plan. Moises Denis seconded the motion. The
motion passed unanimously.

19.      ADJOURNMENT

                   The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.


                                            Respectfully submitted:


                                            ______________________________
                                            Douglas C. Thunder
                                            Deputy Superintendent, Administrative
                                            and Fiscal Services


                                            _______________________________
                                            John Snyder, Chairperson of the
                                            Sub-committee for reviewing Nevada
                                            School Districts’ Technology Plan




Recorded by:

_________________________________
Jane M. Crawford, Management Assistant

								
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