Sheridan Community Schools and Tipton School Corp. recently received nearly $360,000 in grants to invest in remote learning equipment and internet connectivity, according to State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero).
Cook 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.
"For many students and teachers, this school year is much different than previous ones as some or all classes are held remotely," Cook said. "This transition can come with technology-related challenges, and this grant funding can help support reliable internet connections or devices to help our students succeed."
As part of the grant program, Sherdian Community Schools received $109,500, and Tipton County School Corp. and Tri-Central Community Schools received $248,378.
According to Cook, the GEER funding supports traditional schools, public charter schools, accredited non-public schools, higher education institutions and other education-related entities throughout the state.
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.