COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 222

October 13, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

E-Rate Discounts for Virginia Schools

 

Virginia public and private schools and libraries have received discounts on telecommunications services, Internet access, and networking equipment through the federal E-Rate program since 1998. Annual funding requests for Virginia applicants average $35 to $45 million. The filing window for the 2007 fund year is expected to close in mid February.

Discounts for eligible services range from 20 to 90 percent off regular purchase prices. The E-Rate application and funding process is somewhat complex, resulting in a high denial rate by the administrator. To minimize confusion, the Department has provided guidance on the DOE website at: www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Technology/erate.html

The Department, in conjunction with the Library of Virginia, has scheduled regional training sessions during the last week of October and first week of November. There will be a beginners session in the morning and a veterans session in the afternoon. E-Rate beginners should plan to attend both sessions. Registration for the training is available online at: http://www.vpl.lib.va.us/erate/2006workshops.asp

Scheduled sessions include:

October 24: Wise County, Lonesome Pine Regional Library, Coeburn Branch

October 25: Radford, Radford City School Board Office

October 26: Augusta, Augusta Government Center

October 27: Winchester, Bowman Public Library

November 1: Richmond, Chesterfield Schools Fulghum Center

November 2: Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center

November 3: Norfolk, WHRO-TV

 

The Department of Education strongly encourages each school division to designate an E-Rate coordinator to manage the program. Program updates are provided via e-mail from the Department to school division designees on a regular basis.

For more information on E-Rate, addition of school or division designee to the Departments e-mail list, or assistance with the E-Rate application process, contact Greg Weisiger, director, teleproduction, by e-mail at Greg.Weisiger@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 692-0335.

 

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