E-rate and District Technology Plans

E-rate Program

The E-rate Program was created to help ensure that schools and libraries can acquire high-level telecommunication and internet services at reasonable rates.

Those eligible for E-rate funding are public schools and libraries along with most private non-profit schools and libraries. The discount received is determined by the urban/rural status and the poverty level of the students served.

Applications for E-rate eligible services can be submitted to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) at http://www.usac.org/sl/

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District Technology Plans

A District Technology plan is no longer required as of July 1, 2015

It is recommended that organizations continue to use the Technology plan as an internal document. Technology plans can still be submitted to the Department of Education but it is no longer required

The District Technology Plan is a document that guides the school districts in appropriating technology to effectively teach students, develop staff proficiencies, and maximize technology equipment usage. The Department of Education recommends that a Technology Plan be on file for each educational entity that receives federal funding for telecommunications services as filed by the state (E-Rate).

The South Dakota Department of Education has provided a standardized format to assist school districts in developing and revising their plans. It is recommended that this format be followed when compiling the District Technology Plan. Each district may add other components or information to make the Tech Plan a viable document individualized for each district.

Technology plans and revision addendums can be submitted electronically to techplans@state.sd.us or can be mailed to:
ATTN: Michelle Kronberg
South Dakota Department of Education
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501


Debra M Kriete, State E-rate Coordinator
(888) 232-0241

Michelle Kronberg, South Dakota Department of Education
(605) 773-2910

Lisa Rae, South Dakota Department of Education
(605) 773-3248