COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 106
May 14, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: VA.PEN Network Changes
Virginia's Public Education Network (VA.PEN) is being 
improved. Department of Education staff members are 
upgrading our network to enable proper functioning with 
current graphical user interface (GUI) and Web browser 
technology.  These improvements will make VA.PEN 
completely Web-based, graphical in appearance, and usable 
with a mouse.  Retirement of our aging text-based system 
is scheduled for late fall, 1999.  

These changes will affect all VA.PEN subscribers.  
Certain older computers will no longer be usable with 
VA.PEN.  Subscriber names and passwords will not change, 
but access to electronic mail will require modern 
hardware and software such as a Pentium computer running 
Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer.  Detailed 
information regarding minimum system configurations and 
required communication software settings will be 
distributed at a later date.  Division superintendents 
and other school division staff members may prepare for 
this network upgrade by ensuring sufficient hardware 
availability and by becoming familiar with Web browser 
software.

Questions should be directed to Ms. Jean Gray, 
Postmaster, 804-371-7524, (postbox@pen.k12.va.us) or Mr. 
Jerry Mathews, 804-225-2950, (jmathews@mail.vak12ed.edu).

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