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Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 2:05 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 2:05 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Okla. technology chief touts projected savings from consolidating school IT services, systems

Gov. Mary Fallin's technology chief says school districts across the state could save millions each year by consolidating their computer systems and services.

Oklahoma's Chief Information Officer Alex Pettit unveiled details of the governor's "Open Range" program Thursday before the House Government Modernization Committee. The voluntary program allows school districts to begin consolidating their information technology, or IT, services through the state.

Pettit says the effort could result in millions of dollars of savings for school districts and free up teachers and support personnel who are currently serving as IT employees at smaller districts. Pettit says a similar effort to consolidate state IT services has helped realize annual savings of more than $40 million annually.

Democratic Rep. Richard Morrissette of Oklahoma City says the savings estimates are overinflated.

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"We have a lot of folks who are IT generalists out there. They take care of the servers. They take care of the security. They take care of the network. They do the end-user support. They do everything. When we consolidate an agency and we transform their IT, these people go from being generalists to being specialists,"

Oklahoma Chief Information Officer Alex Pettit in comments to a state House committee about his expected savings by consolidating the computer systems and services among Oklahoma school districts.

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