Can you believe another school year is coming to an end?  The treasurer’s offices are busy closing Fiscal Year 2017 and getting ready for Fiscal Year 2018.   We will be printing W2’s before you know it.   We wish you all a safe summer.       

I would like to mention we have three new employees joining NEOnet.   Please join us in welcoming Lillian Johnson, Emily Roberts, and Jason Smith.   Lillian is our new receptionist, Emily will be responsible for assisting districts with EMIS and assisting us to expand our EMIS professional development opportunities, and Jason is our new Business Manager responsible for maintaining the facility, managing NEOnet projects, and supporting our service desk application. 

Did You Know

For FY2003 the total revenue collected was $1,281,093 the projected total revenue for FY2018 is $8,308,318.  What a difference 15 years makes.   Thank you for all of your support.  

House Bill 410

NEOnet is aware of the upcoming need to support the Truancy changes in House Bill 410 for next school year.  We are committed to implementing the changes needed in the ProgressBook Suite to allow districts to track and report the required information. 

Although ODE is not expected to release their model policy until July 5th, the StudentInformation Advisory Committee has been discussing and investigating the changes that need to be made to the system. Districts should have access to training and guidance materials from ODE by October 3rd. Additionally, the specific EMIS reporting requirements have not been released. We will continue to share more information with you as we receive it. Once the policies and reporting requirements are finalized, we will communicate it with you and implement it in the Suite. 

 You can read more about House Bill 410 in the link below:

http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Special-Education/Federal-and-State-Requirements/Operational-Standards-and-Guidance/HB-410-communication.pdf.aspx

Cybersecurity Executive Briefing

The Cybersecurity Executive Briefing will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 11:00 a.m.   The briefing will be held at the NEOnet offices.   We encourage you to attend this very important event.   This is not a sales pitch but intended for Superintendents, Treasurers, and Technology Directors concerned about Cybersecurity.   We will be discussing current threats facing school districts today and things you can do immediately to mitigate these treats.   As you already know the majority of our school districts are providing Google and Office 365 to their staff, students, and parents but are you aware of the security concerns?  We will be sharing the results of a security trial by one of our member’s districts and I think you will be surprised by what we found.   Lastly, we will have a brief conversation about Cyber Insurance and what you need to look out for.  We believe by working together and making everyone aware of the threats we can protect your student and financial data.   The intent of the briefings are to provide solutions for you to implement immediately as well as supply information for you to share with your Boards of Education.    The agenda is listed below;

1.       Welcome

2.       What Every Superintendent Needs to Know About Cyber Security

3.       Threats Facing School Districts Today

a)       What do you need to look out for?

b)      What should you be doing today?  

c)       How can we help?

4.       Protecting School District Data

a)       Ransomware

b)      Malware

5.       Securing Your Cloud Applications

a)       Results of trial by member districts – “What we found” 

b)      Google

c)       Office 365

6.       Upcoming End User Security Awareness Training

7.       Cyber Insurance Discussion a) What do you need to look out for?

8.       Next Steps – Board Policies and Future Meetings

9.       Questions and Comments

PowerSchool eFinancePlus Migration

If you are thinking of making the move to eFinancePLUS (eFP), below are some benefits and facts and figures

Benefits of a Statewide Support System:

  • Build and maintain a communities of best practice around ERP adoption, implementation, and ongoing use
  • Centralized “Ohio” shared hosting model
  • Economies of scale to reduce overall cost of the program
  • eFinancePLUS Advisory Committee (eFAC)
  • High adoption rate by school districts
  • ITC University – Ohio Specific
  • Local support by your ITC and neighboring school districts
  • Shared repository for state reports   

Facts and Figures:

  • 51 districts currently implementing eFinancePLUS
  • 12 of 21 Round 1 districts are now LIVE on eFinancePLUS
  • 11 districts are committed to Round 3
  • Average cost is $3.00 per student plus a $20K implementation fee

12 of 18 ITC’s are currently implementing eFP they include; ACCESS, HCC, LACA, LGCA, META, MVECA, NEOMIN, NEONET, NWOCA, SPARCC, TCCSA, & WOCO

Recommended Articles

Teaching a Class with Big Ability Differences

“Teaching a Class with Big Ability Differences” by Todd Finley in Edutopia, April 13, 2017,

https://www.edutopia.org/article/teaching-class-big-ability-differences-todd-finley

Questions to Ask When Buying Technology

“9 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying an Ed-Tech Product” by Matthew Lynch in Education Week, April 10, 2017, http://bit.ly/2o9piga

 

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2017
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