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$1.4M in BroadbandOhio Connectivity grants awarded to school districts and partners

6/16/2021

Eleven school districts, along with their local partners, recently were awarded more than $1.4 million in BroadbandOhio Connectivity grant funding to expand internet access to underserved students. Schools receiving grants include:

  • Butler Technology and Career Development Schools
  • Coshocton City School District
  • East Guernsey Local School District
  • Lakota Local School District (Butler County)
  • Lockland Local School District
  • Amanda Elementary School (Middletown City School District)
  • Monroe Local School District
  • Noble Local School District
  • Ridgewood Local School District
  • United Local School District
  • Yellow Springs Exempted Village School District
Many preK-12 Ohio students experience unreliable or even no access to internet. Ohio’s Information Technology Centers (ITCs) continue working in close partnership with BroadbandOhio and local community partners to help districts provide internet service and connectivity to approximately 3,650 students’ homes. While students are the biggest benefactors, communities also benefit from the efforts of these partnerships.
 
The Management Council’s RemotEDx Connectivity Champions helped ITCs pinpoint these 11 districts for assistance obtaining internet service. Connectivity Champions have been helping underserved students and their families obtain home broadband services since October 2020.
 
Ohio’s ITC’s work together through a statewide network known as the Ohio Education Computer Network (OECN). The Management Council represents and coordinates the collaborative efforts of the OECN, which implements a broad spectrum of academic and administrative technologies across Ohio’s preK-12 education system.
 
RemotEDx is a state-level initiative that brings together a unique mix of remote, hybrid and blended learning partners from across the state to help schools and districts enhance, expand and more effectively scale high-quality remote, hybrid and blended education delivery models. Consistent with Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education, RemotEDx places a premium on equity and seeks to support Ohio’s most underserved students.