Wyoming high schools, agencies get videoconferencing

Two distance-learning contracts have been awarded.

Under a $3 million contract with Tandberg Corp., Wyoming will install videoconferencing systems in all of its 76 high schools as well as the Wyoming Girls School, the Wyoming Boys School, the Department of Education and the Department of Administration and Information.

Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer (R) touted the system and his school administrators for bringing in a deal within budget. "Our vision for connecting Wyoming schoolchildren with each other and the world beyond is taking shape on time and within budget," Geringer said. "Other states have spent in excess of $200 million to build a system that has thus far used just $13 million in state funds. Our work is not yet done, but I am very pleased with the accomplishments of our partnerships thus far."

Meanwhile, the New York City Board of Education signed a deal with Educational Video Conferencing Inc. to offer its Telecommute to College Program in City School District No. 10. Under the deal, the company will offer city residents, board of education employees and students access to accredited graduate and undergraduate courses and K-12 after-school programs via a two-way videoconferencing system.

Irma Zardoya, superintendent of School District 10, said she welcomed "the opportunity for community members to take accredited college courses in our very own District 10 schools."

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