I wanted to start a thread to see how the different Stake Technology Specialists were engaged during this latest round of budget preparations for 2013. Were there items you brought to the attention of your FPR to include? Were you approached by the PFR for your input? What was your input when asked or when provided?
I am a stake clerk/STS and work with an FM group that deals only with our PFR. I am constantly playing catch up, a new printer can get delivered, a new computer delivered to an FHC, Internet company goes away for a meetinghouse and I am not engaged, so In my stake, I must work with the SP to work with PFR --> I understand the reasoning, but when I see STS all over the country working directly with FM it makes me green with envy.
For the budgeting process I spent the last couple of months gathering data about our meetinghouses, printers, copiers, projectors, computers, technology implemented, etc... I worked with my Stake Presidency to define a strategy over the coming years, which included their ideas for meetinghouse Internet usage for teaching and training, FHC, video conferencing and webcasts. With that data we approached the budgeting meeting and:
Our first and top priority was to upgrade our Audio/Video
Our 2nd priority was to work for higher internet speeds, 5Mbps down and 1Mbps up
Our 3rd priority was to get buildings wired ethernet runs to RS, P, YW, Chapel, Materials Center, etc...