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RETN Board of Directors elects new president

The Regional Educational Technology Network's (RETN) Board of Directors has selected Jay Hoffman, Tuttle Middle School teacher in South Burlington, to serve as its next president. Hoffman takes over for Bob Owens, educational technology coordinator for the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, who led RETN at a critical period during its contract renewal process with Comcast.

Hoffman and Owens worked together as members of RETN's negotiating team that recently inked a five-year, fully funded contract with Comcast to provide educational-access programming and services to 12 communities in the Champlain Valley.

Hoffman has been honored by the cable industry for his demonstrated commitment to improving education in his community. This year Hoffman won a Cable's Leaders in Learning Award for general excellence, awarded annually by the Cable and Telecommunications Association.

Hoffman is a former Vermont technology teacher of the year and Vermont-NEA "I Can Do It!" trainer. As a technology educator in South Burlington, Hoffman co-founded South Burlington Network New (SBNN) seven years ago with support from RETN. SBNN airs within the school on Friday mornings and on RETN Channel 16, Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.

RETN produces and provides educational media in the community by offering resources and support to learners of all ages, area schools, universities, and colleges.

For complete schedules and to view RETN programs online visit www.retn.org For additional information contact RETN at 654-7980 or info@retn.org.

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