The Bryan County School System has received a grant from the state that will fund more than $450,000 in technology equipment upgrades.
The $451,750 Connections for Classrooms grant will expand high-speed broadband access in Bryan County’s K-12 classrooms for the 2015-16 school year.
The Georgia Department of Education is expanding the bandwidth it supplies to school districts, to 100 megabits per second for each school. The grant money will enable Bryan County to upgrade equipment so that each of its schools can fully use the increased bandwidth.
“Staying current in the area of technology is a significant challenge, and we are excited about the positive impact this grant money will have on our students and teachers,” Bryan County Schools Superintendent Paul Brooksher said.
The equipment will upgrade wireless infrastructure in all district schools, according to Lori Warren, the school’s system’s director of technology. The technology department is preparing to purchase different levels of switches, additional controllers, transceivers and access points, as well as purchase licensing and pay for cabling and installation of all equipment, she said.
“This grant money will supplement E-rate-approved money our county will also receive for this purpose, putting the level of funding that Bryan County Schools will receive in the top 30 of 195 districts in the entire state of Georgia,” Warren said.
Warren credited her department and consultants for their “diligent preparation of technology, E-rate, and grant plans for the state grant,” resulting in the Bryan County School System receiving the funding for “much-needed technology equipment.”