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NEWS RELEASES 2004-05

NEWS RELEASES 2004-05 :: APRIL 12, 2005

STATE E-LEARNING COMMISSION FORMED TO DEVELOP VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL AND OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Virtual learning opportunities for all North Carolina citizens and the development of a virtual high school are among the goals of the E-Learning Commission created by the State Board of Education and the Business Education Technology Alliance under the leadership of the groups' chairs, Howard Lee and Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Dr. John C. Boling, director of SAS inSchool, and Larry Seigler, retired business executive, of Greenville, have been named as co-chairs of the Commission. The E-Learning Commission, which held its first meeting March 29 at Nortel, has 33 members (membership list attached) organized in four subcommittees: Course Offerings and Target Audience; Legislation, Policy, Funding and Accountability; Hardware, Software and Infrastructure; and Media Coordination and Public Relations.

Boling joined SAS Institute in 1980 and has traveled extensively, both nationally and internationally, teaching courses on SAS software and keynoting SAS user conferences. He led SAS's entrance into video-based instruction and computer-assisted instruction. As director of SAS inSchool, he oversees a division that creates Web-based digitial curricula assets for teaching core subjects in grades eight through 12.

Larry Seigler has 30 years in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and is retired from GlaxoSmithKline where he was the vice president for operations and the plant manager of the former Greenville plant. He also is vice chairman of the University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and the Pitt County Memorial Hospital Board. Seigler also has an extensive interest in public education and is the current chairman of the Pitt County Education Foundation and the immediate past chairman of the Greenville Partnerships in Business/Education Cabinet, among a number of other affiliations.

The E-Learning Commission's initial goals include assisting the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, the North Carolina Independent Universities and Colleges, the North Carolina Community College Board and the State Board of Education in developing E-learning standards and infrastructures that provide virtual learning opportunities to students and other citizens. The Commission also will be working toward assisting the State Board of Education in developing a virtual high school for North Carolina students.

The next meeting of the Commission is April 28 in the 7th floor State Board of Education meeting room in the Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh. For more information, please contact Myra Best at 919.832.7215 or by email at bestmyra@bellsouth.net

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.