Macon County Schools Receive Multiple Technology Grants

Macon Co., Ala. (WSFA) — The Macon County School District is getting a big boost when it comes to technology.

Excitement filled the George Washington Carver Elementary cafeteria as Macon County Public School leaders announced it had received a number of technical grants. Grants total approximately $1.2 million.

“This is an exciting milestone for our students,” said Macon County School of Technology Director Dr. John Curry Jr.

One of those grants is the federal Emergency Connectivity Funding grant. That grant will allow each student enrolled in the district to take home a device as part of a “1 to 1” household initiative.

“It will provide our students with everything they need to be able to operate remotely from home,” Curry said.

Curry says they will hand over 1250 iPads to K-6th graders and 950 laptops to 7th-12th graders. He believes this will ensure that students have every possible resource to succeed.

“We are in a black belt, and we are in a rural area. And our students need the best to be able to compete with the areas around us,” Curry said.

The company providing some of the equipment was available to show shareholders what the students would take home. Travis Bozeman, CEO of 525 Technologies, says distance learning is critical to the pandemic and technology.

“A lot of school districts and a lot of kids should have those tools on hand. To be a part of this is really huge for the company and also big for the community and the students,” Bozeman said.

Curry says he expects these devices to be in the hands of students by October. In the meantime, they say they will begin work to establish procedures and policies ahead of the rollout.

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Macon County Schools are the last two apple grant recipients. One in 2014 and the other in 2019. So students had access to equipment at school and now they will have access to them at home as well.

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