Area schools received more than $400,000 from a state matching grant aimed at putting remote learning technology into the hands of students when schools reopen.
Haverhill received $366,356, while Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High received $25,570 and Pentucket Regional School District, $29,301. The money was part of $32.9 million awarded yesterday by Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration. The “Remote Learning Technology Essentials” grant went to 253 school districts across the Commonwealth.
“Access to technology is critical for students and their education,” said Baker. “These technology grants are just one way in which we are working with districts to help them face the challenges associated with COVID-19 and keep kids focused on learning.”
School districts will use the money to improve the use of technology and strengthen teaching and learning by purchasing computers, assistive technologies, and ensure sufficient internet access for students. The grants also cover reimbursement costs to districts that have already spent funds on technology during the school closures that began in March.
“Although these grants were inspired by needs that became apparent because of COVID-19, this technology will strengthen and improve the quality of all students’ education in a sustainable way,” said Education Secretary James Peyser.
Other districts in the area to receive grants were Lawrence, $879,183, and Newburyport, $39,674.