Upcoming Activities

Oct 20: Red Ribbon Week (RRW) Begins (Pajama Day)

Oct 21: V VB @ Ansley-Litchfield Quad, First game at 5:00, Players leave 2:20; RRW continues (Crazy Hair Day: Doing Drugs is a Hair-Raising Experience)

Oct 22: RRW: Hat Day You Can't Cover Up Drug Use

Oct 23: RRW: Show your True Colors and Don't Do Drugs; Every 32 Seconds 6-12; Every 32 Minutes program 6-12

Oct 24: RRW: Team Up to end Drug Use (Wear your favorite Team Jersey)

Oct 24: JV/V VB, V FB @ Twin Loup (Sargent); 5:00/6:00/7:30

Oct 25: 1:00 JV VB Tournament Twin Loup @ Sargent

Oct 27: Teacher Inservice Dismiss at Noon; Conference Vocal Clinic @ Arnold w/ Concert at 6:30 Community Center

Oct 28: Spanish classes Field Trip to North Platte

Oct 28: JV/V VB @ Anselmo-Merna 5:00/6:00

Oct 31: No School Fall Break

Budget Considerations

This is obviously a skeleton list of what you need to consider when putting together your budget and proposal for the school board.


Cost per student can be calculated in many ways, but you have to keep in mind that if you are paying for laptops over three years, then the cost of the laptops is  180 days multiplied by 3 years then divided by the total price of the laptop and the bag.


Wired Network

  1. Servers:
  2. Will you need an addition server for web 2.0 applications?  (teacher web pages, blogs, shared calendars, wikispaces, podcasting, school web pages, video streaming, etc.)
  3. Do you have enough server space for the file server?  (Do you have enough file space for say 2 GB per user to store on the server – or whatever size directory you will be allowing?)
  4. Ports
  5. Routers
  6. Switches:  Do you have switches or hubs connecting your wiring closets or main wings of your work?  You will want it to be a switched network.

Wireless Network

  1. Will your wired network handle the addtion of the wireless component?
  2. How many wireless routers or airports will you need to “cover” the entire building?  This includes considering the number of students – if they all connected at once – to that wireless connection.  Can your network handle it? obstacles (wiremess windows, rebar, cement block walls, metal lockers, etc.)
  3. Will your wired network handle the addition of the wireless component?
  4. How many wireless routers or airports will you need to “cover” the entire building?  This includes considering the number of students – if they all are connected at once – to that wireless connection.  Can your network handle it?
  5. What obstacles might you have to overcome?
  6. access points
  7. Maximum number of students connecting to each access point


Decisions first:

  1. Who gets them? (Which grade levels, teachers, secretaries, administrators, paras, etc.)
  2. What are the minimum needs for those receiving? (Does the LAN man/computer teacher need more than a reading para? Does a student need a DVD burner, and what size hard drive for each group of users?)
  3. What will you do with the desktop computers and will they still be in the rotation for purchasing?
  4. Leasing and warrantee should match
  5. Rotation schedule

Ordering second:

  1. Hard drive size
  2. Disk drives (cd burner?  dvd burner?)
  3. Processor speeds
  4. Make/model
  5. Web cameras
  6. Display adapters (for each model)
  7. Extra batteries


  1. Server software
  2. Word processing
  3. Spreadsheet
  4. Database
  5. Presentation
  6. Movie
  7. Music
  8. Photo editing
  9. Web design
  10. Graphic organizers
  11. Video conferencing
  12. Student observation (remote desktop)
  13. Learning management software (blackboard, angel, moodle, myelearning, a free site, teacher web site)
  14. Music creation/podcast
  15. Desktop publishing
  16. Drafting
  17. Online subscriptions (learning management systems, online libraries or literature databases)
  18. Free software downloads needed
  19. Virus/spam/adware protection (annual subscription fees and initial purchase)(We opted to spend this money elsewhere with Macs)
  20. Annual software upgrades as they are released
  21. Operating system upgrades as they are released


  1. Backpacks, bags, or sleeves to protect laptops
  2. Projectors
  3. Still cameras
  4. Video cameras
  5. Smartboards
  6. Document cameras
  7. Scanners
  8. Printing (network or indivdidual, ink inventory, etc.)

Professional Development

  1. How much training can you get scheduled before the deployment?
  2. How much training can be done by staff and how much needs to be brought in?
  3. How much substitute time can be figured in for sending teachers to tech trainings and workshops?
  4. LAN manager
  5. Teachers
  6. Paraprofessionals
  7. Parents (internet safety)
  8. Laptop Initiative Budget Items to Consider When Proposing