OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) – Daviess County Public Schools received $2 million from the federal government through its Emergency Connectivity Fund.
The Emergency Connectivity Fund is a $7.17 billion program established by the federal government to provide districts with the technology students needed to learn remotely during the pandemic.
Officials with DCPS say the fund will be used to provide elementary students with Google Chromebooks.
“We heard about two weeks ago that we were awarded this grant,” Computer Operations Manager Steve Burton said. “We officially notified the board Tuesday. We expect to have Chromebooks for our third and fourth graders right after Thanksgiving.”
Middle school and high school students all already have one-to-one technology.
Burton says the technology in the DCPS elementary schools desperately needed an upgrade.
“We do have some devices in the K-4 age range, but they’re very old devices, in some cases they’re donated…