Sandwich, Wareham to Receive School Wi-Fi Tech Grants

Over $300,000 divided between three buildings...
Governor Charlie Baker

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that 27 school districts have been selected to receive a total of at least $3.8 million in state grants for technology infrastructure that will strengthen digital learning at 79 schools across the Commonwealth. The fiscal 2018 and 2019 grants to these schools, which include 30 rural schools, 17 suburban schools and 32 urban schools, will be combined with nearly $2 million in additional local funds and impact more than 39,000 students.
 
“Improving technology infrastructure in schools across the Commonwealth will help ensure students continue to receive the educational experiences they need to be successful,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “These grants will help make classrooms more engaging for thousands of Massachusetts students.”
 
“Digital learning is increasingly a part of students’ overall academic experience, both in secondary and post-secondary education, so these grants are a crucial opportunity for school districts to bring their technology up to the latest standards to ensure all students in the Commonwealth gain the necessary skills and knowledge to compete in our 21st century economy,” Education Secretary James Peyser said.  
 
“While some schools, especially those in newer buildings, have considerable technology, we know that others have struggled to add infrastructure,” Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley said. “These grants will help with that work and will result in students and teachers having better access to educational tools and materials.” 
 
“Technology continues to be an increasingly critical ingredient to student success” said Curt Wood, secretary of the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS). “Today’s announcement reflects the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to equipping Commonwealth teachers, educators, and most importantly, students with the connectivity and digital tools they need to thrive inside and outside of the classroom.”
 
“Digital Connections is a great example of a capital program that leverages both state and federal funding to maximize the Commonwealth’s investments,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan. “The matching grant program has led to tremendous progress in ensuring that Massachusetts public schools are equipped with up-to-date Wi-Fi technology to enhance digital learning.”
 
The Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant is a matching state grant program that helps public schools strengthen 21st-century teaching and learning through the use of technology such as Wi-Fi and increased broadband access. Grant recipients were selected through a competitive application process.
 
Administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Office of Municipal and School Technology at EOTSS, the program provides state funds to increase the discounts communities receive from E-rate, a federal program that provides technology discounts to schools and libraries.
 
The recipients of the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant are:
 

District Name

School Name

State Grant Amount

Amesbury

Amesbury Elementary School

$58,782.63

Amesbury

Amesbury High School

$113,523.26

Amesbury

Amesbury Innovation High School

$18,749.25

Amesbury

Amesbury Middle School

$100,387.42

Amesbury

Charles C. Cashman Elementary School

$37,351.93

Belchertown

Chestnut Hill Community School

$3,385.00

Belchertown

Jabish Brook Middle School

$17,661.64

Belchertown

Swift River Elementary School

$24,601.14

Chelmsford

Byam Elementary School

$144,831.00

Chelmsford

Chelmsford High School

$394,662.00

Chelmsford

South Row Elementary School

$94,452.00

Chelsea

Shurtleff Early Childhood

$90,851.78

Dighton-Rehoboth

Dighton Elementary School

$36,494.00

Dighton-Rehoboth

Dighton Middle School

$51,026.00

Dighton-Rehoboth

Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School

$99,250.00

Dighton-Rehoboth

Dorothy L. Beckwith Middle School

$59,026.00

Dighton-Rehoboth

Palmer River Elementary School

$45,262.00

Gill-Montague

Gill Elementary School

$1,641.14

Gill-Montague

Great Falls Middle School

$45,122.92

Gill-Montague

Hillcrest Elementary School

$26,683.03

Gill-Montague

Sheffield Elementary School

$18,525.14

Gill-Montague

Turners Falls High School

$45,122.92

Groton-Dunstable

Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School

$151,223.25

Groton-Dunstable

Swallow/Union School

$51,599.25

Hancock

Hancock Elementary School

$15,951.05

Hopedale

Park Street School

$24,284.83

Lawrence

High School Learning Center

$32,106.17

Lawrence

Rollins Early Childhood Center

$10,808.44

Lawrence

School for Exceptional Studies

$32,198.38

Lawrence

School for Exceptional Studies at the Bruce Annex

$5,371.48

Leominster

Fall Brook Elementary School

$105,929.72

Leominster

Frances Drake School

$102,942.10

Leominster

Johnny Appleseed Elementary School

$96,109.32

Leominster

Northwest Elementary School

$95,485.04

Leominster

Priest Street School

$34,676.46

Leverett

Leverett Elementary School

$10,756.00

Medway

Medway High School

$9,292.50

Medway

Medway Middle School

$46,512.50

Nashoba Valley Technical

Nashoba Valley Technical High School

$115,359.31

North Adams

Brayton Elementary School

$43,281.00

North Adams

Greylock Elementary School

$120,463.64

North Attleborough

Amvet Boulevard School

$23,326.75

North Attleborough

Community Elementary School

$30,498.24

North Attleborough

Falls Elementary School

$16,457.19

North Attleborough

Joseph W. Martin Jr. Elementary School

$33,770.52

North Attleborough

North Attleborough High School

$37,640.87

North Attleborough

North Attleborough Early Learning Center

$10,980.70

North Attleborough

North Attleborough Middle School

$64,977.18

North Attleborough

Roosevelt Avenue Elementary School

$20,863.33

Northampton

Bridge Street Elementary School

$25,324.22

Northampton

Jackson Street Elementary School

$17,938.82

Northampton

John F. Kennedy Middle School

$58,112.30

Northampton

Leeds Elementary School

$12,382.52

Northampton

Northampton High School

$11,113.10

Northampton

R. K. Finn Ryan Road Elementary School

$33,307.46

Norwood

Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School

$20,690.10

Norwood

Norwood High School

$145,685.20

Old Rochester

Old Rochester Regional Jr. High School

$100,411.00

Sandwich

Forestdale School

$122,875.15

Southwick-Tolland-Granville

Powder Mill School

$63,044.73

Southwick-Tolland-Granville

Southwick Regional School

$57,254.05

Southwick-Tolland-Granville

Woodland School

$107,869.40

Triton

Newbury Elementary School

$46,268.18

Triton

Salisbury Elementary School

$55,467.14

Triton

Triton Regional High School

$65,143.76

Triton

Triton Regional Middle School

$65,143.76

Wachusett

Wachusett Regional High School

$73,292.78

Wareham

Wareham Middle School

$90,245.76

Wareham

Wareham Senior High School

$97,335.86

 
In addition, money has already been allocated for the following districts in fiscal 2019: Bellingham (six schools), King Philip (two schools) and Northbridge (two schools).
 
More information about the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant is available at http://www.doe.mass.edu/grants/2018/eotss/.
 
About EOTSS and the Office of Municipal and School Technology:
The Executive Office of Technology Services and Security is the state's lead agency for technology and innovation. Its mission is to provide secure and quality digital information, services, and tools to customers and constituents when and where they need them. In support of that mission, teams across EOTSS partner with colleagues at both the state and local level on a wide range of business areas. Within EOTSS, the Office of Municipal and School Technology supports local governments by leveraging the Commonwealth’s technology resources, sharing best practices, and efficiently creating new resources together.
 


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