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Area schools receive grants for broadband infrastructure upgrades

Submitted by the Office of Governor Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker recently announced 252 school districts in Wisconsin were awarded $7.8 million in Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) Information Technology Infrastructure grants. Since the program was created in 2016, the program has awarded more than $13 million in grants.

Ellsworth ($10,298), Elmwood ($22,744), Plum City ($30,000) and Spring Valley ($22,679) were among area schools to be awarded money through the grant.

"We are pleased to announce 252 school districts across the state will receive grants to increase and improve technology in their classrooms," Walker said. "We are investing more actual dollars into public classrooms than ever before, increased technology in the classroom will help our students excel and further position Wisconsin to win the 21st century."

Through an application process, grants for fiscal year 2018 were available to eligible school districts with 16 or fewer students per square mile. Funding amount available to a school district was determined by the number of students within the district.

Since taking office, Walker has made rural access to broadband a priority. TEACH Information Technology Infrastructure Grants and TEACH Teacher Training Grants, as well as the Broadband Forward! Community Certification Program are examples of his commitment to increase broadband access in Wisconsin.

For teacher training, 590 grants to rural schools totaling nearly $4.5 million have been awarded. Each year of grants has allowed district teachers to attend, arrange and provide training activities to build the information technology knowledge and capacity of teachers.