Henry County schools receive over $646K to boost remote learning resources

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, September 2, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 2, 2020) – Area schools recently received more than $646,000 in grants to invest in remote learning equipment and internet connectivity, according to State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).

Saunders 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, teachers and staff are working hard this year to keep everyone healthy and safe, and for some, that means studying and learning remotely," Saunders said. "Whether for equipment or stronger internet, these grants can help our schools ensure everyone is successful, and continues to learn and grow."

Area grant recipients and totals include:

  • Blue River Valley Schools, $10,922;
  • Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corp., $204,250;
  • New Castle Schools, $250,000; and
  • South Henry School Corp., $181,000.

The GEER funding supports traditional public schools, public charter schools, accredited non-public schools, higher education institutions and other education-related entities throughout the state.

Saunders 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.

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.

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State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,

which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.

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