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New outdoor stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park
The new $25 million outdoor stadium at Kentucky Horse Park. Commonwealth Office of Technology has been instrumental in deploying the information technology infrastructure.  Read more.

New stadium opens at Kentucky Horse Park
With its green roof and seats, the new $25 million outdoor stadium at Kentucky Horse Park rises high above the native central Kentucky bluegrass.
But while attendees at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event were busy last week admiring the new 7,300-seat facility, few people were probably aware of the information technology infrastructure being developed throughout the complex.

KDE move to SIS complete
All of Kentucky’s 174 school districts have successfully migrated to the Department of Education’s next generation Student Information System (KSIS), a centralized database housing and managing student data for public school children.

Outdated phones net talk time for soldiers
More than 5,000 20-minute phone cards have been distributed to soldiers at home and abroad as a result of Commonwealth Office of Technology’s participation in Cell Phones for Soldiers.
Joyce Brewer, branch manager of Asset Management at COT, said the agency began collecting old cell phones and BlackBerries more than two years ago.
The phones are sent to ReCellular, who in turn pays Cell Phones for Soldiers one hour of talk time for each donated phone.

COT donates used computers
Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) has agreed to donate hundreds of used PCs to a number of state agencies.
The machines were used by state employees and recently replaced as part of a routine desktop refresh cycle that occurs every three years, according to Joyce Brewer, branch manager of asset management at COT.
The computers are customarily sold by the state's Surplus Property division, she said.
"During economic hard times people didn't buy machines because they didn't have the money," Brewer said. "We're stepping up to help them out."
The agency recently distributed 17 desktops and 27 monitors in its first shipment to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Brewer said.  Other agencies slated to receive used PCs include the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, Department of Agriculture, Department of Corrections, Department of Libraries and Archives, and the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts, Brewer said.
Janet Lile, deputy executive director of COT's Office of Infrastructure Services, said the agency has received requests for 178 desktops, 80 laptops and 60 monitors.  More requests are expected, she said. 

Reminder:  Kentucky Digital Summit May 5
Jerry Mechling, a lecturer in public policy at Harvard's prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government, will serve as keynote speaker at this year's Kentucky Digital Government Summit, May 5, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.
Mechling's presentation, according to Government Technology magazine, will focus on the risk and rewards of fundamentally changing how work is conducted and governed. He will also speak about the innovations of leaders and how to find support and resources needed to make things happen.
This is the ninth consecutive year in which Commonwealth Office of Technology is partnering with Government Technology Magazine and industry sponsors to host the one-day summit.

Nominations sought for 2009 NASCIO awards
Successful state government information technology initiatives will be recognized later this year by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

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Techlines Trivia Question of the Month


Question:  How many school districts in Kentucky have migrated to the new Student Information System?

Answer:  All 174 districts

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Techlines Trivia Question of the Month

How many school districts in Kentucky have migrated to the new Student Information System?

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Last Updated 7/28/2009