Dubois County lawmakers: Area schools receive funds to boost remote learning resources

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Tuesday, September 1, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 1, 2020) – South and Northeast Dubois County School Corps. recently received more than $55,000 in grants to invest in remote learning equipment and internet connectivity, according to State Reps. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) and Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper).

Bartels said schools statewide received a total of $61 million through the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund, which was created by the federal CARES Act. Funding will help increase device access, internet connectivity, and educator training and development.

"Students and teachers are hard at work this new school year, and this additional funding will help them meet certain challenges that come with remote learning," Bartels said. "The success of our schools is tied to the success of our communities, and we need to work together to ensure students, teachers and families have the tools to continue to thrive."

Southeast Dubois County School Corp. received $55,000, and Northeast Dubois County School Corp. will benefit from a $3,375,000 grant awarded to the University of Indianapolis and regional education centers, which partnered with 24 traditional public school corporations and 8 non-public schools.

According to Lindauer, the GEER funding supports several education-related entities throughout the state. He said the funding goes toward purchasing devices like Chromebooks and iPads for students, new or upgraded laptops and tablets for teachers, and mobile WiFi devices with subscription plans for households needing internet service.

"In order for our students to be successful, whether they are learning remotely or in-person, they need access to computers and the internet," Lindauer said. "This funding is essential for our schools to upgrade devices and help ensure our kids do not fall behind."

A grant application could be completed by a single school corporation or a combination of eligible education entities. The 257 applications received were evaluated by a team from the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Indiana State Board of Education.

A full list of grant recipients is available here, and the governor's official announcement is here.


State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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