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Program B: Broadcasting

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.

3. Serve as the conduit for state appropriated flowthrough funds for the non-licensee public radio and television stations.

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 - Flowthrough 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

1. The Broadcasting Program, through the various projects activity, will coordinate expanded efforts in providing services to educational institutions and other state agencies through video conferencing services via satellite in FY 1998-99.

2. The Broadcasting Program, through the special projects/special employees activity, will continue to produce and provide locally based programming in FY 1998-99.

3. The Broadcasting Program, through the instructional television (ITV) activity, will select, schedule, and broadcast ITV and Ready to Learn programs which support the Pre K-12 curriculum in FY 1998-99.

4. The Broadcasting Program, through the distance learning/LINKS activity, will install and maintain C/Ku-band satellite downlink dishes at 100% of BESE funded and designated links site high schools in FY 1998-99.

1 The number of students participating in distance learning figure does not match the Act 18 figure due to the inclusion, in the operational plan, of schools with downlinks that were not funded with 8 (g) funds.

5. The Broadcasting Program, through the special projects/special employees activity, will provide student courses, professional development and teacher certification courses, via satellite, to instructors and students in the Louisiana Vocational Technical College System in FY 1998-99.

6. The Broadcasting Program, through the broadcasting activity, will efficiently maintain and operate all LETA broadcast sites in FY 1998-99.

7. The Broadcasting program, through the instructional television (ITV) activity, will produce and distribute a "Directory of Educational Services" in FY 1998-99.

8. The Broadcasting Program, through the public assistance activity, will timely disburse and monitor state appropriated funds non-licensee public radio and public television stations in FY 1998-99.

9. The Broadcasting Program, through the various projects activity, will respond to at least 210 requests for technical help desk assistance in FY 1998-99.

10. The Broadcasting Program, through the broadcasting activity, will carry out 52 inspection visits per transmitter site in FY 1998-99.

11. The Broadcasting Program, through the distance learning/Louisiana instructional network of knowledge via satellite (LINKS) activity, will maintain functioning of the LINKS network sites by visiting each site one time in FY 1998-99.

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

 

 

 

 

 

$5,062,223

$6,429,519

69

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$5,062,223

$6,429,519

69

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$719

$719

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Non-recurring: -$124,281; Replacement/New: +$125,000)

$41,074

$41,074

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$47,103

$47,103

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$189,910

$189,910

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($1,608)

($1,608)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

($242,977)

($242,977)

0

 

Reductions in various Expenditure Categories; Including Reductions to fully fund Salaries

($27,001)

($27,001)

0

 

Second year cost of Louisiana History Documentary

$523,000

$523,000

0

 

Transfer of funds for Public Assistance Education for non-licensees, WYES and WLAE, from administration program

$184,698

$184,698

0

 

Utilities fees for conversion to 24 hour broadcasting

 

 

 

 

 

$5,777,141

$7,144,437

69

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$714,918

$714,918

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 108.2% of the existing operating budget. It represents 70.1% of the total request ($9,927,214) for this program. The changes in this program are primarily due to an increase in funding for merits, full funding of all recommended positions and a transfer of funds for non-licensees from the administration program into this program. The remaining difference is due to statewide adjustments.

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 - WLAE television

$184,698

 

Utilities Fees for conversion to 24 hour broadcasting

 

 

 

$2,239,844

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$125,000

 

Technical equipment

 

 

 

$125,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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