A San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) technology
initiative that has saved local school districts millions of dollars recently
earned statewide recognition.
The Regional Technology Hosting Program received a Golden
Bell award from the California School Boards Association in October.
The recognition is especially rewarding coming on the heels
of a Golden Watchdog award the program received last year from the San Diego County
Taxpayers Association, said Steve Clemons, assistant superintendent and chief
“It’s interesting that this project was in line with both of
their goals,” he said. “The County Office exists to both save money and improve
Through the program, SDCOE has saved participating school
districts more than $14 million a year on average by leveraging economies of
The program provides technology services and resources to
school districts throughout the county, connecting them through single sign-on
cloud resources, technical support, professional development, internet
connectivity, student information system services, accounts management, data
housing, and more.
“The collective goal of SDCOE’s Integrated Technology
Services division is to support schools and districts with the technical
aspects of education so they can focus on high-quality teaching, learning, and
innovation,” said Greg Ottinger, director of online and blended learning.
Since starting in 2008 based on the needs of the county’s 42
school districts, the program has grown each year.