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County schools receive $140K for technology

In a day and age when technology is involved in all aspects of progress, it is more important than ever for the education system to offer students avenues to be involved with modern technology. To help this effort, Franklin County Schools will receive $140,000 for the system’s Connectivity and Programming Technology Project from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Funds will go toward purchasing 100 portable computers and equipment to improve Wi-Fi capabilities at schools and ensure fast, reliable internet.

“We’re very excited about getting the ARC grant,” said Franklin County Superintendent Greg Hamilton. “In today’s time, modern technology is paramount.”

Education coordinator and grant writer for Franklin County Schools Susan Hargett said the school system is receiving $140,000 from the ARC and will match it up to $60,000 for a combined $200,000 to go toward added technology.

“(These grants) are very important because we don’t have the funding like some systems from extra sources since we are more of a rural system,” Hargett said. 

The grant specifies funding is only to be used for improvements to high schools, but all high schools in Franklin County will benefit from the grant.

“It’s very important that our students have the capabilities to be career- and college-ready, and sometimes something like being familiar with technology can make the difference,” Hargett said.

Congressman Robert Aderholt said he believes all students should have access to technology-based learning.

“This is great news that Franklin County Schools will be receiving these funds,” Aderholt said in a press release. “What’s even greater, these funds will make a true difference in the lives and academic careers of these students.  

“I have worked, and I continue to work, to make sure that those in rural areas are afforded the same opportunities as those who live in large metropolitan areas,” Aderholt added. “An important part of that effort is to make sure students who live in rural areas are not penalized based on their zip code.”