Mayfield, Baird: Area schools receive $390K to boost remote learning resources

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, August 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 28, 2020) – Area schools recently received $390,000 in grants to invest in remote learning equipment and internet connectivity, according to State Reps. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) and Beau Baird (R-Greencastle).

Mayfield 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.

"We are still experiencing new challenges as we work our way through this pandemic," Mayfield said. "Students who are learning virtually need additional equipment to connect with their teachers and classmates, and many families are not able to provide all these tools. From computers and tablets to mobile hotspots, these funds will help promote student success."

Eminence Community School Corp. received $25,000, and MSD of Martinsville and Tabernacle Christian School were awarded $365,000. Additionally, the Monroe-Gregg School District will benefit from a $3,375,000 grant awarded to the University of Indianapolis and regional education centers, which partnered with 24 traditional school corporations and 8 non-public schools.

According to Baird, 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.

"Education must continue, while also ensuring our students and teachers are safe," Baird said. "Our schools are working diligently to meet the needs of our community, and this grant is critical in accomplishing this task."

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. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60,
which includes portions of Morgan and Monroe counties.
She is the assistant majority floor leader and serves on the
House Ways and Means, Public Policy and Insurance committees.
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State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) represents House District 44, which includes
all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.
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