Governor Scott Walker recently announced that $15 million in grant funding is available for rural school districts to upgrade their technology.

The Tomah Area School District is eligible to receive up to $60,000 in Technology for Education Achievement funding.

“These TEACH funds were part of the considerable funding increase for K-12 schools included in this year’s biennial budget,” said state Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, R-Tomah. “ I’ve fought for these funding increases since I started in the legislature, and obtaining these increases is one of the primary reasons I chose to support this year’s state budget. I hope that our local school districts are able to apply for and obtain these grants to help them improve their technological infrastructure and most importantly, enhance their student’s educational experience.”

The 2017-19 biennial budget, 2017 Wisconsin Act 59, provided for $22.5 million in grant money. The grants can be used for infrastructure equipment and services such as access points, antennas, maintenance of internal connections, cabling, caching equipment and services, LAN controllers, routers, switches, UPS/battery backup and wireless controllers.

The grants are available to rural school districts with fewer than 16 students per square mile.

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Tomah Journal editor

Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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