Education Committee of the SW Common Council
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
at 6:00 -7:00 pm
PDF of these notes are: SWCC Education Committee Minutes 2020-08-26.pdf
Video of this meeting is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/exYQE-iTvsg
Joe Baldino School #29 Principal, 490-2245, email@example.com
Melody Bishop Community Engagement Coordinator, School #19, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Boutet SWCC Education Committee Chair, 328-4271, email@example.com
Camaron Clyburn School #10 Principal, 324-2010, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Coffey N. Winton Village Co-Chair; Many Neighbors Building Neighborhoods; Public Safety,
Pat Connor Rochester Public Libraries, 428-8398, email@example.com
Eleanor Coleman Rotary SW, CFC YouthBuild, 224-5119, firstname.lastname@example.org
Destiny Draggett CCE 4-H, email@example.com
Lia Festenstein School # 10 Community Schools Site Coordinator, liaE.Festenstein@rcsdk12.org
Sean Harrigan Telecommunications Consultant, 414-1297, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chantel Lischer WFA Community Scool Site Coordinator, 463-4100, email@example.com
Amy Maloy RCSD Board Member, 262-8525, Amy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Maffucci Retired Superintendent E. Rochester/County Legislator, email@example.com
Moniek Silas-Lee School #19 Principal, 328-7454, firstname.lastname@example.org
Busing - Make sure 2016 Managed School Choice Task Force Info is Supplied to Board and Superintendent and Push for Adoption
Get Our Whole Community Online - Fight Poverty, Facilitate Online Learning, Facilitate Job Hunting, Facilitate Providing Online Jobs
Maffucci: Online access not a County Legislature issue yet; did his doctoral dissertation on Broadband. Found out County has a fiber ring that has never been developed. Educators can’t withhold textbooks from students; shouldn’t withhold Internet access.
Howard is trying to create a public/private partnership to get Internet into the hands of folks that need it but can’t afford it. Real sense of urgency around this partnership among a couple of Legislators and other influential community reps (Simeon Banister, VP of Community Programs @ RACF). For a developed nation, we don’t do well with high-speed Internet access. Models exist; city of Geneva has a very effective system. Nothing is FREE, but subsidies are proposed for those who need it. Goal is to subsidize online access for low-income. Need the right kind of expertise on partnership group Howard is forming. We will look to get Sean Hariggan. involved.
County owns buildings in a variety of places; putting wi-fi access on cell towers there could work. Tesla also has a model that uses satellites.
Note: For tower-based, non-cellular band wi-fi, tree leaves have proven to be a barrier.
Greenlight: Sean reviewed the latest news announcements, Mayor’s Office has reached an agreement with Greenlight to get them to resume installation in the city in exchange for a Waiver of Fees for Service for installations; Current coverage that would be worked on in 2020 would be Park Ave & Corn Hill installation that had been designed before the shutdown. Greenlight needs to rehire a design team before they look at providing fiber development for additional City areas. How fast could installation go? They could span the entire city within 12 months, but only if there were enough contractors to provide that expertise. There is a continuous shortage of people in this field; They are currently recruiting staff from out-of-state. That is sad considering how much we need jobs here.
Mary Coffey will connect with John Boutet in regards to contacts she has made with Mark Zeldon in Labor Dept in Washington for getting jobs into Rochester. They might help us with training. Is there a way we can bring this type of skill training into our schools or our community?
Bandwidth guideline from Sean for what would be considered “good-enough”: anything under 6 meg (Mbit/sec) is not considered broadband by government; 12 meg is high speed; farms not connected to receive the local telco in the area can receive funds from Dept of Agri for better Internet access - must have 25 meg connection to do their work.
“My-Fi” Hot-spot info from Pat Connor. Libraries initially got 20 to 30 from T-Mobile. The units were $30/month for service and they will not throttle service down if you are using it a lot. To check your speed check out From Sean Harrigan : https://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/
Walk In Items
Hi Lee –
I do now know the details of this offer, but know that Spectrum was rather generous towards all educators and students in the spring when we all went suddenly online. I would hope that RCSD or even that Mayor’s office could help advocate for a good deal – perhaps paying in bulk or offering vouchers to fund – if this was not extremely aggressive discount.
Thanks for your efforts on this. RIT did ship chromebooks and hotspots to students, many of whom were without internet, in the Spring, but we had funds to do this.