The Chronicle Telegram featured a story on the Midview Local Schools on 10/13/2020 covering the district and its award of two grants totaling more than $250,000. These funds will be used to purchase educational programs for students in grades K-12 and 1:1 technology, specifically Apple iPads. The link to the story can be found here: Chronicle Telegram Article
The expanded article is below:
Midview Local School District Receives Two Grants to Help Fund Remote Learning/Technology Initiatives
GRAFTON, OHIO – (Oct. 15, 2020) – The Midview Local School District was recently awarded two grants to help fund technology and education initiatives that will benefit all Midview students. The BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant is for $151,119.06 and the Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools grant is worth $103,900.88.
One of the most lucrative and sizable grants awarded to schools, The BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant will help fund Midview’s 1:1 technology initiative as well as aide in further developing remote learning options for students. The district utilized the funds to purchase nearly 300 LTE-enabled iPads, which means the device can connect to Verizon’s network without the use of a hotspot, allowing the user to remain connected to Google Classroom from any location. The purchase of the iPads will help connect low-income and high-risk students who do not have reliable internet access at home. The iPads are currently in the configuration stage and will be distributed to students in grades K-12 in the coming weeks.
“This grant is a huge benefit to Midview Local Schools because it has allowed us to ensure all of our students have equitable access to their Google Classrooms,” said Superintendent Dr. Bruce Willingham. “We are currently reviewing survey results and identifying at-risk students throughout the district. Because of this grant, all students will have access to technology at no additional cost to our taxpayers! For that, we are incredibly grateful.”
The grant from the Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools is helping Midview Local Schools provide much-needed math and reading intervention programs to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Any student who needs additional assistance beyond traditional classroom hours will now have access to these essential intervention programs.
“With the shutdown of schools last year, we expected there to be some regression, especially in math and reading, so we prepared for that by implementing tier 2 and tier 3 intervention programs for this school year,” said Frank Major, director of education, Midview Local Schools. “There has never been a greater need for intervention programs, and by receiving this grant, we are able to provide the programs as well as the professional development for staff at no cost to taxpayers, which is a huge benefit for the community and our students.”
While the funding was only recently awarded, Midview Local Schools already has several programs up and running and expects to have full deployment across all grades/schools by the end of the year. Professional development began in September before the start of the 2020-21 school year.
The BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant was distributed by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) in collaboration with BroadbandOhio as part of the state’s plan to expand broadband services in Ohio. The state set aside $50 million of funding through the federal CARES Act to provide hotspots and internet-enabled devices to students.
The Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools was awarded by Philanthropy Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education. The Collaborative Fund is focused on providing supports that address inequitable circumstances related to delivering quality remote education during the COVID-19 pandemic. It complements BroadbandOhio’s $50 million commitment to ensure hotspots, in-home internet and internet-enabled devices to students. The ODE has committed up to $5 million of its state CARES Act funding to support the Collaborative Fund.
“The best part about receiving these grants is that we can provide equity for all of our students when it comes to technology and reading and math intervention – all while not using money from the general fund,” said Dr. Willingham. “The technology and intervention programs are now fully funded through grants with no cost to taxpayers, which means that more than $250,000 will stay in our general fund!”