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Koehler Announces Local School Broadband Expansion Grants

September 14, 2020
J. Kyle Koehler News

COLUMBUS - State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) announced the Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with BroadbandOhio, awarded over $420,000 of coronavirus relief funding to support Clark County schools in providing hotspots and internet-enabled devices to students during the 2020-2021 school year.

“With nearly one million Ohioans lacking a reliable internet connection and about 300,000 households having no broadband options whatsoever, these grants provide necessary aid to students and families during this time of remote learning,” said Koehler. “I am hopeful that these grants will provide schools and students the electronic infrastructure they need to be success this school year.”

The federal coronavirus relief aid can be used for various technology needs, including home internet services, hotspots with a service plan, mobile hotspots and public WiFi infrastructure.

These grants were awarded based on an application process starting August 10. Additionally, this funding is meant to assist specific groups. As such, applicant schools were required to show how they intended to aid economically disadvantaged students, vulnerable children and youth, students with chronic illness and student who do not have other access to internet services.

Koehler announced these grants awarded by the Ohio Department of Education for schools in Clark County:

Catholic Central - $7,558.00

Clark-Shawnee Local - $21,811.13

Cliff Park High School - $42,410.53

Emmanuel Christian Academy - $2,000.00

Global Impact STEM Academy - $22,416.99

Nightingale Montessori Inc. - $4,500.00

Northeastern Local - $151,466.16

Southeastern Local - $19,140.00

Springfield City Schools - $151,466.16

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State Representative Kyle Koehler is serving his third term in the Ohio House. He represents the 79th District, which includes portions of Clark County.

For more information, contact Rep Koehler’s office at (614) 466-2038 or Rep79@ohiohouse.gov