The Imperial County Office of Education serves as lead agency to provide high-speed, high-bandwidth Internet access to county offices, school districts, and schools, kindergarten through grade twelve. Through a grant from the California Department of Education, the Imperial County Office of Education is responsible for administering the network, as well as providing for the continuation and growth of network services and other support activities. Lead agency responsibilities include:
- Technical oversight of the project
- Financial and administrative services, such as personnel, contracts, and budgets
- Collaboration and coordination with other agencies and projects
- Advancement of network usage
- State reporting and auditing
More information may be found on the K-12 High Speed Network Web site (K12HSN).
Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grants (BIIG) and Statewide Report of Network Connectivity
The 2014–15 Budget Act (Senate Bill 852) allocates $26,689,000 to support network connectivity infrastructure grants and the completion of a statewide report of network connectivity by the K–12 High-Speed Network (K12HSN) in consultation with the California Department of Education (CDE) and State Board of Education (SBE).
The intent of these funds is to assist schools that do not have sufficient internet connectivity to conduct the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System that includes the Smarter Balanced computer-based assessments. The statewide report of connectivity will include an assessment of local area network resources and wireless coverage within the school campus and an estimate of the costs associated with upgrading the Internet infrastructure to support the implementation of computer-based assessments.
For more details, visit the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) Program Web page or contact the K12HSN by phone at 760-312-6227 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.