of the

Wednesday, April 17, 2013; 1:30 p.m. CT

NET Board Room, 1800 N. 33rd Street, Lincoln, Nebraska




Dr. Terry Haack, Bennington Public Schools, Co-Chair

Mr. Ed Hoffman, Nebraska State College System, Co-Chair

Mike Carpenter, Doane College

Mr. John Dunning, Wayne State College

Jeff Johnson, Centennial Public Schools

Mr. Greg Maschman, Alt. for Clark Chandler, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Mr. Steven Stortz, Alt. for Stephen Hamersky, Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School

Dr. Lyle Neal, Southeast Community College  

Mr. Gary Needham, ESU 9

Ms. Mary Niemiec, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Mr. Randy Schmailzl, Metropolitan Community College

Mr. Jeff Stanley, Conestoga Public Schools;

Mr. John Stritt, Alt. for Dr. Bob Uhing, Educational Service Unit 1



Mr. Brent Gaswick, Nebraska Department of Education; Dr. Kathleen Fimple, Alt. for Dr. Marshall Hill, Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education and Mr. Gary Targoff, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications


MEMBERS/LIAISONS ABSENT:  Mr. Leonard Hartman, Alliance Public Schools; Ms. Yvette Holly, UNL-Medical Center; Dr. Mike Lucas, York Public Schools; Ms. Brenda Decker, Office of the CIO




Co-Chair, Ed Hoffman, called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.  The meeting notice was posted to the NITC and Nebraska Public Meeting Calendar web sites on January 25, 2013.  The agenda was posted to the NITC Web site February 18, 2013.  The Open Meeting Law was posted on the east wall.  Roll call was taken.  There were 13 voting members present.  A quorum existed to conduct official business.  The meeting notice was posted to the NITC and Nebraska Public Meeting Calendar web sites on March 20, 2013.  The meeting agenda was posted to the NITC Web site April 15, 2013.




Mr. Neal moved to approve the April 17, 2013 meeting agenda as presented.  Mr. Stortz seconded. Roll call vote:  Carpenter-Yes, Maschman-Yes, Dunning-Yes, Haack-Yes, Stortz-Yes, Hoffman-Yes, Johnson-Yes, Neal-Yes, Needham-Yes, Niemiec-Not Present, Schmailzl-Yes, Stanley-Yes, and Stritt-Yes.  Results:  Yes-12, No-0, Abstained-0.  Motion carried.




Mr. Dunning moved to approve the February 20, 2013 meeting minutes as presented.  Mr. Maschman seconded. Roll call vote: Stritt-Yes, Stanley-Yes, Schmailzl-Yes, Niemiec-Not Present, Needham-Yes, Neal-Yes, Johnson-Yes, Hoffman-Yes, Stortz-Yes, Haack-Yes, Dunning-Yes, Maschman-Yes, and Carpenter-Yes.  Results:  Yes-12, No-0, Abstained-0.  Motion carried.




There was no public comment.


Ms. Niemiec arrived to the meeting.




Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann provided a brief autobiography of his personal life and political experience which included involvement with LB 1208.  Before opening the floor for discussion, he stated that he was open to ideas that will improve Nebraska.  Topics of discussion included Network Nebraska services and continued funding and other potential services if more funding were available such as a statewide repository, staffing, and statewide applications; further collaboration by Nebraska’s K-16 educational institutions; and the potential to bring the Telehealth Network and Network Nebraska on the same system.



2013-14 Participation.  July 1st is the anniversary date of Network Nebraska participation.  The project will be adding seven more entities.  The backbone will be going from 1.7 Gbps to 2 Gbps, the contractual limit.  Discussions are occurring regarding creative methods to get higher connections to schools.

2013-14 Internet Access (projected).  K12 capacity increased from 4.9 Gbps to 8 Gbps.  Higher Education institutions will be buying a separate portion of Internet from the state’s contracted vendor for an overall 118% capacity increase.  There is a constant need to increase bandwidth. More bandwidth will be needed for the upcoming Nebraska Department of Education’s Longitudinal Data Study Dashboard which will be using the network.  In addition to the standardized testing, Network Nebraska’s increased usage over the next 24-36 months should prove to be impressive.  Schools have derived a Wide Area Network circuit savings of approximately 39% over where they were in 2007. Nebraska has enhanced distance learning statewide and greater collaboration among K-16 entities than most other states.  Due to this collaboration, there are more centers of excellence that are promoting economic development and greater learning opportunities for Nebraska students.  There has been no funding from the state for Network Nebraska but rather the project has been used to aggregate demand and broker services for higher quality and lower costs. 

Memorandum of Agreement (DRAFT).  The Network Nebraska Advisory Group has approved the MoA as presented.  The Educational Service Unit (ESU) Network Operations Committee and some higher educational entities have also reviewed it.  The ESUs have been encouraged to inform their superintendents of the upcoming MoA signatures and submission.  If the council wanted to provide formal support in the form of a motion that would be acceptable.

Dr. Haack moved to accept the work of the advisory committee and approve the MoA with the understanding that the OCIO will be asking input from other entities.  Mr. Schmailzl seconded.  Roll call vote: Carpenter-Yes, Maschman-Yes, Dunning-Yes, Haack-Yes, Stortz-Yes, Hoffman-Yes, Johnson-Yes, Neal-Yes, Needham-Yes, Niemiec-Yes, Schmailzl-Yes, Stanley-Yes, and Stritt-Yes.  Results:  Yes-13, No-0, Abstained-0.  Motion carried.


Network Nebraska Advisory Group Report (3/28/2013 meeting notes) The work group has been in discussions about members serving on multiple work groups like the Education Council.

Report to the Public Service Commission (3/26/2013).  The Office of the CIO was requested to provide a report on Distance Learning (LB 1208) and Network Nebraska.  There are areas of the state that are underserved in terms of wide area network bandwidth.  In order to provide statewide coverage of scalable fiber bandwidth, it will take considerable more capital investment dollars.  The Public Service Commission requested additional bandwidth information from educational entitiesto assist the Public Service Commission with decision-making and the Statewide Broadband Mapping project.

Ed Hoffman presided over the rest of the meeting.


I.T. related
legislation.  Below is the legislative update presented by Mr. Tom Rolfes:

LB 25 Introduced by Senator Hadley; Change provisions relating to the cigarette tax and the tobacco products tax

Annotation: LB 25 proposes the updating of the provisions related to the Municipal Infrastructure Redevelopment Fund Act and the Information Technology Infrastructure Fund.  Status: Referred to the Revenue Committee, Hearing on 1/24/2013

LB 195 Introduced by Speaker Adams; Appropriate funds for state government expenses

Annotation: The Governor’s budget bill proposes a reinstatement of $1.7 million per year from the Education Innovation Fund for early childhood education projects and $3.25 million per year for distance education. Status: Referred to the Appropriations Committee, Hearing on 2/25/2013

LB 262 Introduced by Senator Cook; Provide duties relating to sharing of student information

Annotation: LB 262 reinforces the sharing of student data between and among education entities. Status: Referred to the Education Committee, Hearing on 2/5/2013, AM 138 adopted, Final Reading passed 43-0-6, Approved by the Governor.

LB 366 Introduced by Senator Cook Adopt the Remedial Adult Education Innovation Act

Annotation: LB 366 appropriates $XXX from the Education Innovation Fund for the new Remedial Adult Education Innovation Act.

Status: Referred to the Education Committee, Hearing on 2/4/2013, Senator Cook Priority Bill, on General File with AM785.

LB 467 Introduced by Senator Avery; Provide for interstate reciprocity agreements under the Postsecondary Institution Act

Annotation: LB 467 allows the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education to administer interstate reciprocity agreements for postsecondary distance education. Status: Referred to the Education Committee, Hearing on 3/5/2013

LB 495 Introduced by Senator Sullivan; Change provisions relating to the Education Innovation Fund and early childhood grant reporting

Annotation: LB 495 provides funding for early childhood education, and eliminates other programs, from the Education Innovation Fund.

Status: Referred to the Education Committee, Hearing on 3/19/2013, Speaker Priority Bill, On Final Reading with AM921 and AM804 adopted.

LB 497 Introduced by Senator Sullivan; Change distribution and provide for a study of the Education Innovation Fund

Annotation: LB 497 returns all of the education lottery funds to the Education Innovation Fund after 7/1/2016 and conducts a study for use of said funds. Status: Referred to the Education Committee, Hearing on 3/19/2013, Senator Sullivan Priority Bill, On Select File with AM694 adopted.

LB 511 Introduced by Senator Scheer; Change allocation provisions relating to the Education Innovation Fund

Annotation: LB 511 allocates the Education Innovation Fund to the NDE Educational Technology Center for use on statewide education technology projects from 2016-17 through 2019-20, with at least one-half of the funding going to grants for local school districts. Status: Referred to the Education Committee, Hearing on 3/19/2013

LB 566 Introduced by Senator Karpisek; Create the Educational Technology Infrastructure Grant Program

Annotation: LB 566 appropriates all of the Education Innovation Fund to the Nebraska Department of Education to carry out the Educational Technology Infrastructure Grant program to local public school systems. Status: Referred to the Education Committee, Hearing on 3/19/2013

Members were given the hearing transcript for LB 495, 497, 511, and 566.   Members were directed to the NITC webpage which will have updated information.


Services Task Group.  Mr. Needham reported that the task group met last Thursday to discuss what other state networks were doing in the way of services.  The State of Minnesota decided to catalogue their network services but it was not consistent.  One school would focus on SharePoint while another school focused on video.  Discussion also occurred regarding who would be able to receive the services or will it be open to all and how do we work with other states.  Members also discussed the overlap of NNAG and NITC Education Council task groups.

There were no reports for the Governance Task Group, Marketing Task Group, and Emerging Technologies Task Group.


The Education Council had requested having a briefing with the Technical Panel and Government Council as a top priority.  Rick Becker had a conflict today but has agreed to come to the next meeting.  Nathan Watermeier, the GIS Council, is very excited to present to the Council but is at the GIS Symposium this week.  Anne Byers who works with the eHealth Council and Community Council has been working more recently with the Health Information Exchange project for Nebraska.  Mr. Rolfes suggested that the Council invite the Telehealth Network Project and Rick Golden to a future meeting.  Mr. Golden is also the IT contact for the Telehealth network. 

These types of briefings will begin with the next meeting if time permits.

Mr. Rolfes informed the Council that there will be a NITC 15th year anniversary event held either in June or July.


State Colleges.  Mr. Dunning reported that Wayne State College is doing a shared services inventory of state colleges’ services such as hosting and collaboration, redundant connections, etc.  There is a need to close the north loop of Network Nebraska with additional infrastructure to provide redundancy to the state colleges.    

Community Colleges.  Mr. Schmailzl has been involved with discussions at the national level regarding students taking courses outside an entity’s coverage.  At Metropolitan Community College, approximately 10,000 students take online courses.  Dr. Fimple stated that the Coordinating Commission on Postsecondary Education (CCPE) is working on a multi-state interactive agreement.  USA Today ran an article about that in yesterday’s paper.  If the agreement passes, CCPE will bring Nebraska’s higher educational entities together to discuss and agree to participate in the regional compact.  Each compact would round up their states, every state and their institutions will need to sign on and participate.  If it doesn’t pass, we would need to wait another year.  State authorization reciprocity agreement (SARA) some states cannot participate due to statues so they will need to change statutes.  Nebraska is attempting to change their limiting statute.  Definition of “physical presence” is a challenge as well as clinical experience.

Independent Colleges.  Independent colleges would like to see more communication with each other.

University of Nebraska.  Ms. Niemec announced that on May 10th, the University will be hosting an event on using social media in teaching.  Someone from SARA will be there as well to do a presentation.  As she was planning this event, she thought doing something similar hosted by the Education Council would be a great idea to share this type of information.

K-12 public & private.  The ESUCC is moving forward with BlendEd and purchased SAFARI Montage. The project will have more information to share more in the Fall.  Implementation will occur this summer.  The Independent High School is going to become part of UNL and will be available world-wide.  The project would like to collaborate with BlendEd, as well as to work on concurrent enrollment.  Network Nebraska’s shared services will be important. 

Mr. Rolfes reported that Network Nebraska has an opportunity to implement a Commercial Peering Service from Internet2 with up to 3-4Gbps.  Although the capacity is not currently needed, current trend usage indicated that it will be needed in the near future. He will be speaking to ESU-NOC about this opportunity.


Agenda items for the next meeting included presentations from the Technical Panel & State Government Council.  Members were to inform Mr. Rolfes of any other agenda items. 

Mr. Johnson move to adjourn.  Ms. Niemiec second.  All were in favor.  Motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

Meeting minutes were taken by Lori Lopez Urdiales and reviewed by Tom Rolfes of the Office of the CIO/NITC.