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Program B: Broadcasting

Program Authorization: R.S. 17:201-2507

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Broadcasting Program is to continually improve, through the medium of television and innovative technologies, the quality of life of Louisiana citizens by providing excellence in programming and related services that educate, enlighten and entertain.

The goals of the Broadcasting Program are:

1. Develop and implement innovative technologies.

2. Create and acquire quality programs that serve the educational needs of the citizens of Louisiana, as well as the multi-state Satellite Educational Research Consortium (SERC) states.

The Broadcasting Program includes the following activities:

1. Distance Learning/Louisiana Instructional Network of Knowledge via Satellite (LINKS) - A partnership with the Louisiana State Department of Education with funds provided by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and from Federal Star School Grants.

2. Various Projects - Live satellite interactive instruction and other technology utilized by educators and other state agencies for training, staff development, college credit and continuing education.

3.Special Projects/Special Employees - A combination of state funded instructional projects and privately funded educational and informative programs.

4. Broadcasting Activity - Operation of and maintenance of the Baton Rouge Louisiana Public Broadcasting Telecommunications Center and technical facilities at six transmitter sites; Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport, and Alexandria.

5. Instructional Television (ITV) - Programs broadcast statewide to pre-school and K-12 students in Louisiana, as well as the twenty-five Satellite Educational Research Consortium (SERC) states as well as outreach services.

6. Public Assistance - Flow-through of state appropriated funds to the non-licensee public radio and public television stations. The non-licensee public television stations include KDAQ-Shreveport, KSLA-Alexandria, KRVS-Lafayette, KSLU-Hammond and KEDM-Monroe.

The Broadcasting Program provides services necessary to produce, acquire, schedule and present programs to Louisiana citizens and students and to provide for the maintenance of facilities and equipment at six transmitter sites.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with the General Fund, Interagency Transfers, and Fees and Self-generated Revenues. The Department of Education, transfers funds to this program for Project Interact which will provide two courses for Early Intervention teacher certification. The Department of Education, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, transfers monies to this program to support Distance Learning efforts. In addition, the Department of Education, under the Carl B. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act, transfers funds to this program to provide satellite instruction. Louisiana Educational Television Authority has been established as the Statewide Resource Center for Educational Technology, in this capacity various statewide agencies transfer funds to LETA to evaluate and undertake various projects. Fees and self-generated revenues are grants and donations from various private sources.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$6,075,498

$7,442,794

69

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$6,075,498

$7,442,794

69

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$52,177

$52,177

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 -1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$54,307

$54,307

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000

$123,380

$123,380

0

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($123,380)

($123,380)

0

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$42,576

$42,576

0

Salary Base Adjustment

($46,124)

($46,124)

0

Attrition Adjustment

($42,576)

($42,576)

0

Salary Funding from Other Line Items

$42,576

$42,576

0

Restoration of funding cut from other line items to fully fund salaries

 $68,285

 $68,285

 0

 

Additional funding for Louisiana History Project

         

$6,346,719

$7,714,015

69

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$171,221

$271,221

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 102.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 88.0% of the total request ($8,690,265) for this program. Restoration of funds cut from other line items to fund salaries represents the major change to the EOB.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$69,500

 

Consultation fees for Louisiana History Project

 

 

 

$69,500

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$63,000

 

Statewide distance learning network - delivery of satellite courses from the Satellite Educational Resources Consortium to ninety-four (94) downlink sites

$259,000

 

Projects Interact, early intervention courses for the Department of Education (includes 2 positions)

$155,000

 

Technology and Technical Education Initiative with Louisiana Technical Colleges

$575,000

 

Special LETA projects and productions (financed by private donations and grants) (including 9 positions)

$280,146

 

Various one-time projects with different state agencies

$523,000

 

Public Assistance - Education for non-licensees, WYES and WLAE

$200,000

 

Public Assistance - Education for non-licensee radio stations ($25,000 for each of the following: WRKF in Baton Rouge, KSLU in Hammond, KRVS in Lafayette, KDEM in Monroe, WWNO in New Orleans, WWOZ in New Orleans, KDAQ in Shreveport and KSLA in Alexandria

$184,698

 

Utilities Fees for conversion to 24 hour broadcasting

$68,285

 

LA High 2nd year

$100,000

 

General Fund to WYES, New Orleans, Television Station

 

 

 

$2,408,129

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$123,380

 

Technical equipment

 

 

 

$123,380

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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