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September 15, 2000, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., CDT
Energy Square Complex, SCC Large Board Room
1111 O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska



Michael Beach,
Dr. Kent Hendrickson,
Thomas O'Neill,
Dr. William Berndt,
Dr. Jack Huck,
Southeast Community College
Dr. Joseph Pruesser,
Central Community College
Larry Bock,
Blair Pubic Schools
Jeff Johnson,
Centennial Public Schools
Art Tanderup,
Tekamah-Herman Public Schools
Brenda Decker,
Liaison-Division of Communications
Joe LeDuc,
Lincoln Catholic Diocese
Alan Wibbels,
ESU 10
Wayne Fisher,
Liaison-Department of Education
Don King,
alt.-Chadron State College

MEMBERS ABSENT: Keith Bartels, Lincoln Public Schools; Dr. Roger Koehler, Nebraska Methodist College; Dr. David Myers, Lincoln Public Schools; Dr. Sheila Stearns, Wayne State College; Dr. Robert Ziegler, Madison Public Schools; and Dr. David Powers, CCPE

OTHERS PRESENT: Yvette Holly, UNMC; Dennis Baack, Community College System; Jamison Luchino, Budget; Tracy Klosterman, NET; Don Ferneding, ESU ; Sid McCartney, Division of Communications; Roger Adams, Quest; Myrta Hansen, FutureKids Nebraska; Jerry Freberg, NIN; Lori Lopez Urdiales, Tom Rolfes and Michael Winkle, Office of the CIO/NITC.

Call to Order, Electronic Posting, Roll Call, Introductions

Co-chair, Mr. Wibbels called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. Mr. Wibbels stated that the meeting notice was posted to the NITC and the Nebraska Public Calendar Web sites on August 14, 2000 and that the meeting agenda was posted to the NITC Web site September 12, 2000.

Approval of the Agenda for the September 15, 2000 meeting

Mr. Tanderup moved to approve the agenda as presented. Mr. Bock seconded the motion. Roll call vote: Berndt-Yes, Bock-Yes, O'Neill-Yes, Hendrickson-Yes, Huck-Yes, LeDuc-Yes, Pruesser-Yes, Tanderup-Yes, and Wibbels-Yes. Motion was carried.

Approval of Minutes from the August 11, 2000 meeting

Dr. Preusser moved to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Bock seconded the motion. Roll call vote: Wibbels-Yes, Tanderup-Yes, Pruesser-Yes, LeDuc-Yes, Huck-Yes, Hendrickson-Yes, O'Neill-Yes, Bock-Yes, and Berndt-Yes. Motion was carried.

Dr. King arrived at 9:11 a.m.

Public Comment

There was no public comment.


K-Nection Project; Star Schools Grant, SENDLC - Ferneding

Mr. Ferneding provided a PowerPoint presentation to the Council about the grant project. Mr. Ferneding entertained questions from the members. If there are further questions, he could be contacted via e-mail at

Mr. Johnson arrived at 9:27 a.m.

Committee Reports

Nebrask@ On-Line (NOL) Education Task Group

Mr. Rolfes reported that the Task Group has a meeting scheduled with NOL today after the Education Council meeting. The committee consists of Wayne Fisher and Jeff Johnson, representing K-12 and William Berndt and Con Dietz for higher education. Mr. Dietz will not be able to attend today's meeting but two members from the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education will be in attendance. Mr. Rolfes distributed copies of two articles on portals taken from Syllabus and E-school News magazines.

Operations Work Group

Mr. Rolfes reported that the work group has not met since the July meeting; it was cancelled due to members' summer vacations but will plan to meet within next 30 days.

Policies, Procedures, Planning Subcommittee

Dr. Huck and Mr. Wibbels reported that the group had not met.

Training Advisory Work Group

Ms. Klosterman informed the Council that the $120,000 amount indicated on the application is an estimate but will have the exact figure from the business office soon. Another correction included changing NETC to the Education Council of the NITC on page 1. There were no other suggestions and/or comments from the members.

Mr. Bock moved to approve the NETC Training Grant application and guidelines as corrected. Mr. Johnson seconded the motion. Roll call vote: Berndt-Yes, Wibbels-Yes, Bock-Yes, Tanderup-Yes, O-Neill-Yes, Pruesser-Yes, Hendrickson-Yes, King-Yes, Huck-Yes, LeDuc-Yes, and Johnson-Yes. Motion was carried.


Mr. Beach provided the Distance Learning Report. The additional 10 channels are in place and being used. All of the hardware is not in yet. The trends indicate: July use drops; there is an increase in August; the numbers continue to rise from year to year; and there was a significant jump in July and August for on-site visits. On-site visits have increased due to having five persons making visits rather than two. Current capital projects are progressing.

NIDCAC I.T. Training Action Item

Ron Bowmaster, Intergovernmental Data Services, provided background on the Nebraska Intergovernmental Data Communications Advisory Committee (NIDCAC). NIDCAC is an association created by the Legislature in 1987 comprised of local and state government public officials. Their objective is to identify occasions and endeavors where governments can work together. NIDCAC has done several studies and recently conducted one in conjunction with the Community Council regarding the automation needs of local communities. Seventeen (17) recommendations were submitted to the NITC. Some of the recommendations are now part of the Statewide Technology Plan as action items.

The Action Item reads as follows: "Review and/or establish training curriculum for coursework required to develop expertise in network design, LAN management, systems support, application development, or other educational requirements necessary to develop these strategies at the high school, community college, or college and university systems." One of the work plan items for this action item was to "form a subcommittee to work on the issue".

Mr. Bowmaster entertained questions from the members regarding the formation and the Education Council's involvement in the subcommittee. The Council decided to give this item consideration and discuss it at the November meeting. Council members requested information on existing Nebraska training resources prior to the November meeting.

Mr. O’Neill left the meeting at 10:09 a.m.

NITC Report - Winkle

Technical Review, Prioritization Process & Conference Committee

Mr. Winkle reported that the NITC will be meeting on November 6th. The main agenda item will be to prioritize the information technology project proposals. The timelines were distributed to the Council members. The Government Council will prioritize projects from non-education state agencies. The Education Council will meet on October 13th for a full-day meeting to prioritize projects from K-12 and higher education institutions. Agencies and institutions will have the opportunity to provide a five-minute presentation on projects. They are to contact Mr. Rolfes if they want to present. The Joint Committee, comprised of two members per council, will be meeting on October 30th to merge both lists into one comprehensive list for the NITC's November 6th meeting.

Action Item Update & 2001 Review

Staff will be preparing the Progress Report on the activities of the NITC that is due on November 15th. The report will include an update on the action items included in the Statewide Technology Plan, as well as a detailed summary report of agencies and institutions I.T. plans. In January, 2001, the NITC will report to the oversight committees.

Information Technology Clearinghouse

The clearinghouse is done and functioning on the web site. The Lieutenant Governor is preparing a press release. Members were encouraged to continue to provide suggestions, comments, and resource information.

TINA Study Update - Decker

Ms. Decker reported that the TINA project continues to progress. Sid McCartney has been employed to work on Education Issues. All the community colleges' information has been submitted. Mr. O'Neill has agreed to assist with independent colleges. Information has been submitted from all but one of the ESU's. The Network Architecture Work Group of the Technical Panel is also being used as the TINA Technical advisory Committee. At this time in the study, the Advisory Group has been focusing on transport issues. Staff are currently conducting research as to the content of other state's RFP's. States found that hiring someone to do the RFP was not sufficient, and that the needs were better met when the individual state developed their own RFP. The Division of Communications has begun the initial steps of developing the RFP.

Three issues have arisen:

  • The timeline originally reported to the NITC for the RFP is not realistic. The Advisory Committee will meet soon to approve a new April timeline for the RFP. The implementation timeline has not changed much.
  • Development of the RFP. Due to the Division of Communications' authority to provide services to state entities only, the Division will need assistance to include private education and entities in the RFP and still be in compliance with statutory requirements. This will need to be discussed at a future meeting.
  • The Legislature provided the Division of Communications $100,000 to employ a consultant to support education in the TINA process for this year. At the end of this fiscal year, the monies are gone but this position is still needed. After discussion, it was agreed that Mr. Winkle is to speak to Rod Bates about options available through NET. Dr. Huck offered to participate in the discussion.

Educational Technology 2010 White papers

Mr. Rolfes reported that he continues to receive feedback from members. The white papers will be on the website as individual papers, as well as, a total document. The NITC will have opportunity to review these as well.


There was no other business.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Education Council will be held on October 13, 2000, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff will work on the location of the meeting.


Co-chair Dr. Huck adjourned the meeting at 11:35 a.m.

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

Meeting Minutes