BIIG 2.0 Awards

K12HSN
  Friday, March 4, 2016

The first wave of the 2015-16 Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grants (BIIG) is being awarded to 166 sites. 47 additional sites with projects that exceed $1,000 per testing student are currently being reviewed by the Legislature.

As stated in the 2015-16 budget bill language (AB 93), first priority went to local educational agencies that are unable to administer computer-based assessments on-site. Second priority went to the local educational agencies that have to shut down essential operations to administer computer-based assessments at the school site, including, but not limited to, business services, email, and access to other critical online activities.

Click here to view the Funding Status List.

The Status Funding List includes:

166 sites in Wave 1 
Sites in Wave will receive a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the next few days. This MOU will allow LEAs to accept the terms of the grant, including the monthly recurring costs each LEA will be responsible for after June 30, 2017 and through the end of the five year contract term. We will need to have the MOU (or MOUs) signed and returned by Friday, March 18, 2016. If this requirement is problematic due to your board meeting dates, we suggested that Wave 1 sites stage a special board meeting. Wave 1 sites were also reminded to pursue their own E-rate filings for Year 16 opting for month to month contracts.
 
47 sites pending Legislature Approval
47 sites with projects that exceed $1,000 per testing student are currently being reviewed by the Legislature. As stated in the 2015-16 budget bill language (AB 93), projects resulting in costs of more than $1,000 per testing student require approval from the Department of Finance, and a 30 day written notice to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.  A second announcement may happen in mid-April 2016, once the Legislature has an opportunity to provide input. We should know by then whether these sites are moving forward or not.

These 47 sites pending Legislature approval will receive an MOU, wherein the LEA shall determine its willingness to accept ongoing costs after the grant period, including the monthly recurring costs each LEA will be responsible for after June 30, 2017 and through the end of the five year contract term, in the circumstance that the Legislature permits the site to move forward in the current cycle. If for some reason the site is not permitted to move forward, the MOU will have no force or effect. We will need to have the MOU (or MOUs) signed and returned by Friday, March 18, 2016. If this timeline seems problematic due to your board meeting schedule, we suggest you schedule a special meeting.
 
138 sites in Wave 2
Due to the experience reported in their grant application with regard to CAASPP testing, Wave 2 sites will not be moving forward to receive services under BIIG 2.0, at least not this year. Sites in Wave 2 may be considered for funding next year, if funds remain available after the initial funding wave. We cannot guarantee which sites will be funded next year for a potential delivery in Spring of the 2017-18 school year. Sites in Wave 2 should therefore strongly consider seeking their own solutions to upgrade their connectivity based on their own priorities and needs.

Unfortunately 10 sites in Humboldt and Trinity counties for which K12HSN was hoping to use supplemental bids had to be moved to Wave 2, due to timelines and expensive builds. These 10 sites will not be moving forward to receive services under BIIG 2.0 this year. We are hoping we will be able to find solutions in the next funding cycle, if funds remain available.
 
245 sites that will not be funded
These sites will not be moving forward to receive services under BIIG 2.0 due to the experience reported in their grant application with regard to CAASPP testing.

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