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NERIC's Chapter 793 Plan

Section 1: The Regional Planning Process

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.

ROLE OF THE REGIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • Act in an advisory capacity to the JMG
  • Conduct annual technology needs assessments of the NERIC school districts for use in collaboratively developing the annual 793 Plan and ongoing program planning
  • Review annual NERIC program budgets and transmit the budgets to the JMG for its review and subsequent transmittal to the Capital Region BOCES
  • Ensure that proposed RIC services are consistent with and conform to policies and criteria for BOCES-provided computer services approved by the Commissioner
  • Keep the JMG informed on NERIC issues on a timely basis

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.

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