What is the process for involving all constituencies in the development of the regional plan?
The Regional Information Center (RIC) participates in an extensive shared decision-making planning process to establish the goals for the region. The process starts by soliciting input from various stakeholders and service user groups in the region. Stakeholders from school districts and local BOCES include instructional leaders, Chief Information Officers, data analysts, school district technology directors, business office personnel, and buildings and grounds staff. Input is then shared with the superintendents in each region through a series of meetings that usually are part of the agendas of BOCES District Superintendents monthly meetings. Some of the regions have component advisory groups that are charged with technology issues. These groups have been extremely effective in defining priorities for their specific BOCES region.
Effective Spring 2006, the Joint Management Group (JMG) reorganized the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) in order to encourage broader participation in planning and an enhanced collaborative process for developing the annual 793 Plan. The RAC will have 21 representatives, three from each BOCES region appointed by the District Superintendent and will act as an advisory group to the JMG.
The method of integrating local district and local BOCES goals varies
somewhat throughout the region. However, the common element that cements
this together and accomplishes this integration is the method by which
the RIC uses to implement the goals. The RIC practices management by
objectives to accomplish these goals. The 793 Plan section on objectives
is expanded to an extensive objective plan that is shared throughout the
region during the year. This Plan acts as a common work document guiding
the center. Given the nature of the statewide technology priorities, the
planning process incorporates information and direction from the
District Superintendents Technology Committee (DSTC).
In order to maintain complete and accurate communications, the representatives of the RICs meet monthly with the Tech Committee. This sub-committee of the District Superintendents (DSs) assures direct communication with all 37 BOCES across the state.
The RICs also actively participate in the District Superintendents Data Advisory (DSDA) group. This group was formed to make sure that data issues are discussed among the various instructional groups across the state and has representatives from a number of constituencies.