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Taking Lessons from NASCAR


Certain things are easier to accomplish in a district comprised of only 700 students.


"Here I know most of the kids quite well," says Mary Rubadeau, the nine-year superintendent of the Telluride (Colo.) School District. Known for attending class and student council meetings, luncheons held by extracurricular clubs so she can be a sounding board, and most sporting activities, Rubadeau says, "It's not a usual superintendent relationship. I think they value knowing their superintendent. I have an open door, too, so they always know they can come to ask my opinion."


There are numerous commercial videoconferencing-related products and services used widely by K12 school districts. These generally offer comprehensive and unique features, performance guarantees, user guides and the advantages of company technical support. "The proliferation of collaboration tools from videoconferencing to electronic presentations has dramatically extended the reach of teachers and administrators," says NCast's vice president Tom Mitchell. The following is a cross section of companies and examples.


AT&T


The Manatee County (Fla.) School District is located on the Gulf of Mexico, just south of the city of Tampa, and includes 42,000 students and 7,000 employees.


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TOSHIBA


Satellite Pro Series, Laptop Computers, Hardware, $699-$1,149


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