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DIGITAL AWARDED $10 MILLION TO MANAGE KENTUCKY EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT

 MAYNARD, Mass. March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) recently was awarded $10 million to provide project management, technical consulting and support services for a state-wide education technology project in Kentucky. The award is part of a six-year contract valued at $25 million.
 Digital was named project consultant in 1992 to develop plans with the Department of Education for a $420 million education technology system. The $10 million award enables Digital to develop and implement the master plan.
 The Kentucky Education Technology System (KETS) is part of Kentucky's school reform program, regarded as one of the most comprehensive in the country. KETS will create an infrastructure for instructional and administrative computing in all schools and a communications network to link students, teachers and administrators state-wide.
 "Our education technology program will dramatically alter the way education is delivered and supported in Kentucky. We will not simply apply technology to existing processes, but will use it to transform teaching, learning and management," said Thomas C. Boysen, Commissioner of Education.
 Digital was selected as consultant because of its networking expertise, adherence to open (non-proprietary) systems, and vision for the effective use of technology in support of school reform.
 The KETS master plan calls for distributed networked systems that place computing, communications, and management of resources in the hands of school districts. Unlike many systems, Kentucky's will combine instructional delivery and administrative computing into one integrated system for more efficient communication and operations.
 KETS will encompass all levels of participation - the home, classroom, school, district, and state - with technology distributed to eight regional centers, 176 school districts, and 1,400 schools. A communications network will create an information highway, giving teachers and students access to a world of electronic information.
 Kentucky's reform initiative began in 1989, when the public school system was declared unconstitutional, mainly because of inequities in funding. In 1990 the legislature enacted the Kentucky Education Reform Act, mandating an overhaul of the education system and giving technology a key role in the effort to create world-class schools.
 "The scope and vision of Kentucky's plan is unparalleled," said Deborah Nicholls, Digital's Worldwide Industry Director for Education. "Kentucky will be a model for other states in the use of technology to support education reform. Digital is very excited about its role in this ground-breaking venture."
 KETS will ensure equitable access to technology by establishing standards for the level and type of technology in each school and providing financial assistance for schools to acquire it.
 State and local districts will share the approximately $350 million in one-time costs required to put the infrastructure in place.
 The system is being implemented first at one state-funded pilot site, the Shelby County School District, and then at eight innovation centers located throughout the Commonwealth. In 1994, broad scale implementation will begin, with completion by June 1998.
 Digital Equipment Corporation, headquartered in Maynard, Mass., is the leading worldwide supplier of networked computer systems, software and services. Digital pioneered and leads the industry in interactive, distributed and multivendor computing. Digital and its business partners deliver the power to use the best integrated solutions - from desktop to data center - in open information environments.
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