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KySTE Members Update

News from the front of lines of Kentucky Education Technology.

December 10, 2014. This mostly-monthly newsletter contains announcements and information from the KySTE Board meetings, and other sources. Look below for the latest news from the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education.
Notable this month: KySTE 2015 Registration Opens! KySTE Outreach Deadline Nears!  Board Nominations Open! (See below for more.)


ISTE 2015 News

Click here to make housing reservations in KySTE’s housing block at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown. April 9, 2015 is the last day to cancel or adjust the reservation without penalty. Haven't registered for the conference? Click here, and don’t forget to indicate your KySTE membership. Follow #ISTE2015 on Twitter for updates. 

What’s your reason for going to ISTE 2015?? Share your top reason and you could win one free registration and up to four nights of lodging!

News From the KySTE Board Meeting, Monday, December 8, 2014

Budget/Finance Committee

This committee is in charge of planning and managing KySTE's financial needs, and is chaired by Matthew Constant, KySTE Treasurer.

  • Treasurer's Report: 
    • Total Checking and Savings: $272,264.56 
    • Accounts Receivable:  $129,067.50
    • Accounts Payable (KySTE Outreach grant disbursements):  $24,080.34
    • Total Current Assets: $377,251.72

Regional Reports

The Regional Reps include Karen Wallace (Region 1), Robby Forsythe (2), Sharis Lattimore (Jefferson Co./3), Cindy Johann (4), Brett Higgins (5), Tony Tompkins (6), Andrew Conyers (7), Brandon Blackburn (8). Several regional reps mentioned items of interest to their regions, for incorporation into future conference offerings. Comments included...

  • Approval for a return to the CIO/DTC focus of past fall events.
  • Content interests.
    • PowerShell
    • Google admin management
    • Office 365
    • The new e-rate
    • Student data in the cloud
  • Location: Of those regions willing to report, central KY was still favored, though Western KY was also mentioned.
  • The KySTE presence at the STLP regional competitions was noted and appreciated.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is chaired by KySTE VP Cheri Gossett. Join the KySTE Board! Nominations are now open! The following board positions are available, all serving two year terms, except where noted.

  • *Vice President. (The VP automatically becomes president, then former president, so this office is a three-year commitment. Nominees must have previous KySTE Board experience.) 
  • *Treasurer. 
  • *ISTE Liaison Officer.
  • *Parliamentarian.
  • Regional Reps for Regions 1, 3, 5, and 7.  (Regional Reps are nominated from within their groups -- contact your current Regional Rep.)

 For more about Board positions, see the KySTE Bylaws.
*=Contact Cheri to nominate. 

Planning Committee

This committee, chaired by President Erin Waggoner,  is in charge of planning KySTE events, including the Fall Event and Spring Conference.

Awards Committee

This committee, chaired by ISTE Liaison Mary Ann Rankin, is charged with coordinating the KySTE awards and STLP scholarships. The following  nominations are still being accepted:

Other Committees/Board Actions

Other committees had no new items for this board meeting.

KySTE Outreach News

Deadline for applications is Dec. 15! Apply for up to $100,000 in KySTE Outreach Grant funds! See this year's offering page on for application information, rubrics, and the application form. For more on KySTE Outreach, see our general page here. You must be a member to apply. Become a member today!

Wondering what a winning application might look like? We cannot post approved applications, but look to this YouTube video for an example of a winning organization and idea: Daviess County High School.  (More videos celebrating winning grant applications coming soon.)

KySTE Outreach

TenMarks an Amazon Company

Avaya - The Power of We

Creative Image Technologies


Integration Partners - Be Certain

Matrix Integration - Voice & Data Solutions - We make it work.


Pomeroy - infrastructure optimized

Doe Anderson - helping brands master change since 1915

[Would you like your business/company/organization to be a KySTE Vendor Partner? Contact KySTE Executive Director Gary Grant at for information.]

KySTE logoJeffrey L Jones
Director of Communications, Ky Society for Technology in Education (
Twitter (@kystetech, @jeffreyljones)

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