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EDUCATION COUNCIL
NEBRASKA INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMMISSION
Friday, May 19, 2006, 9:00 a.m.
Origination site:
2nd Floor University Suite, Morrison Soccer Stadium, Creighton University
19th & California Streets, Omaha, Nebraska
IP Videoconferencing site: Kearney ESU 10, 76 Plaza Boulevard, Kearney, Nebraska
MINUTES

VOTING MEMBERS/ALTERNATES PRESENT:

Mr. Arnold Bateman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Mr. Wayne Bell, Alt. for Al Schneider, Educational Service Unit 5
Mr. Clark Chandler, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Mr. John Dunning, Wayne State College
Dr. Terry Haack, Bennington Public Schools
Ms. Yvette Holly, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Dr. Jack Huck, Southeast Community College
Mr. Jeff Johnson, Centennial Public Schools;
Mr. Chuck Lenosky, Creighton University
Mr. Rich Molettiere, Omaha North High School
Dr. Ed Rastovski, Wahoo Public Schools
Mr. Ron Cone, Educational Service Unit 10 (Was present but there were technical difficulties)

LIAISON/ALTERNATES MEMBERS PRESENT:
Mr. Terry Dugas, Alt. for Mike Winkle, NET

MEMBERS/LIAISONS ABSENT: 
Dennis Baack, Nebraska community College Systems; Stan Carpenter, State College Board; Joe LeDuc, Catholic Diocese of Lincoln; Brenda Decker, Chief Information Officer; Marshall Hill, Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education; Mike Kozak, Department of Education; and Linda Richards, Ralston Public School Board;  

Others Present:  William Scheideler, Dan Hoesing, and Roger Hahn

CALL TO ORDER, ELECTRONIC POSTING, ROLL CALL, INTRODUCTIONS

Dr. Huck called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.  Introductions were made and roll call was taken.  A quorum of 11 voting members was present to conduct official business.

Yvette Holly was acknowledged and congratulated for being named Technology Chief of the year by the AIM Institute.

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA FOR THE MAY 19, 2006 MEETING

Mr. Bateman moved to approve the May 19th agenda.  Dr. Haack seconded.  Roll call vote: Bateman-Yes, Chandler-Yes, Haack-Yes, Holly-Yes, Huck-Yes, Johnson-Yes, Lenosky-Yes, Dunning-Yes, Molettiere-Yes, Rastovski-Yes, and Bell-Yes.  Results:  11-Yes, 0-No.  Motion carried.

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE MARCH 17, 2006 MEETING

Mr. Dunning moved to approved the March 17, 2006 minutes agenda.  Mr. Johnson seconded.  Mr. Chandler pointed out a misspelling of his name under the adjournment section.  Roll call vote: Bell-Yes, Rastovski-Yes, Molettiere-Yes, Dunning-Yes, Lenosky-Yes, Johnson-Yes, Huck-Yes, Holly-Yes, Haack-Yes, Chandler-Yes, and Bateman-Yes.  Results:  11-Yes, 0-No.  Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

UPDATE: DIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES WEBSITE

Mr. Rolfes reported that the council member’s comments were forwarded on to Sam Fifer, web site developer and that most of the council’s comments and recommendations were implemented.  The go-live date is scheduled for Monday, May 22nd.  Members provided marketing suggestions to inform the council’s membership constituents.

NITC REPORT - 5/1/06 meeting

Four new commissioners have been appointed to serve on the NITC:  .  Two standards were approved:  .  Members were encouraged to review the scheduling software standard.  

DISCUSSION: LB 1208  [summary document]

Mr. Rolfes distributed a document titled LB 1208 Implementation Phase 1 indicating upcoming
timelines and proposed the Project Management Activity Groups delegation. Also, distributed was a list of the activity groups, assigned person as Lead, and recommended members.  Mr. Rolfes encourage members to sign-up for activity group or to make recommendations.  Mr. Bell stated that the ESU administrators are meeting on June 28th and one item of discussion is the Distance Education Council membership. Following are concerns and recommendations discussed for the following activity groups.

Cost Structure and Billing:

  • Cost structure must be equitable between K12 and Higher Education
  • Higher Education is not subsidized like K12 institutions.
  • Inexpensive and adequate transport is the issue especially in western and central Nebraska.

Distance Education Council Collaboration:

  • Council strongly recommended that there must be western Nebraska representation on the work group at the very onset.  A representative from the Independent College sector was also recommended.
  • The NITC will bid for the scheduling software.  The Distance Education Council will buy and own it.
  • Interoperability may be a concern for higher education for it to work with the K12 scheduling system.
  • Course offerings and Intra-sectors.  Community colleges have designated regions where courses are shared and offered. What does this mean for course offerings?  This is a non-technical spin off issue that will need to be addressed.

Statewide Scheduling System:

  • Telehealth requested to be part of the group even though it is a K12 purchase.  They’ve had experience with scheduling software and would be of assistance with the specification bids.
  • Bids should be out by June 1st but may not meet deadline.
  • Telehealth Network is a separate closed network.

Mr. Bateman left the meeting.

Edge Device Bidding:

  • Group is exploring a switch router combination.
  • It was recommended to include users in the group.

Video Codec Bidding:

  • Max Thacker of UNMC was recommended as a member to serve on group.

Other DL Equipment Bidding:

  • Group is exploring a coop purchase rather instead of the RFP and bid process.

Regional Support and Operations:

  • In all likelihood, could be operated out of UNL.  Council would prefer a model that would value and emphasize local support and if a major problem occurs, it would be referred to UNL.
  • Options will also be discussed in Network Nebraska Design activity group.

The Office of the CIO will be sending out invitations to activity groups members within the next 30 days.  Skip Philson and Mr. Rolfes will be attending the activity groups’ meetings. 

Mr. Rolfes briefly presented a Network Nebraska slide presentation for new members.

NEXT MEETING DATES, TIMES & AGENDAS & ADJOURNMENT

There will be no council meeting in July 21 meeting the next meeting of the NITC Education Council will be held on September 15th.  Mr. Chandler will check on the availability on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus.  If there are agency I.T. budget requests related to education, Mr. Rolfes alerted the council there be a need to meet in October.

Mr. Bell moved to adjourn.  Mr. Chandler seconded.  All were in favor.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

 

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

 

Meeting Minutes