An in-kind contribution of video-conferencing equipment from Cisco Systems, the multinational computer networking corporation, will enable NJSBA to meet the objectives of its new Strategic Plan and technology initiative. The contribution, announced in November, is valued at $200,000.

NJSBA’s new Strategic Plan, for 2018-2020, includes a goal to build a “future ready” association that will help local school boards to advance digital learning in their classrooms. That effort will include providing members with professional development and information through various formats, particularly video conferencing.

This fall, NJSBA Executive Director Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, Patty Maillet, director of business development, and the Association’s IT consultant, Michael Esolda, met with Cisco executives. They discussed the Association’s technology plan and the possibility of an in-kind donation. In early November, the company notified NJSBA about its plan to contribute the state-of-the-art video-conferencing equipment.

“This is very exciting news for NJSBA and our members,” said Feinsod. “Not only will it provide substantial savings, but it will also move us closer to becoming the ‘Future Ready Association’ envisioned by our new Strategic Plan.

“We have made a concerted effort to enhance our relationships with corporate New Jersey,” he continued. “Cisco’s generous donation is truly significant. We believe it is unprecedented in the history of our Association.”

The 2018-2020 Strategic Plan was approved by the NJSBA Board of Directors on Nov. 3.