Santa Rosa schools get technology boost

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Technology in the Santa Rosa County School district received a boost last week through a $1.9 million grant.

The 21st Century Learning grant will provide the funding over five year period to ensure students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are given equal technological opportunities, according to Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick.

“We’ve never gotten this grant,” Wyrosdick said. “We’ve written it, I don’t know how many times.”

Districts with high poverty rates are eligible to apply for the grant.

The bulk of the funding will be used to train teachers on technology, but some is also earmarked to purchase new hardware and software for the district, he said.

Through the training, teachers will be better equipped to build students long-term technological knowledge, Wyrosdick said.

“These are the types of skills students will need to working in your world and my world,” he said. “We just haven’t had the resources to do that lately.”

On the heels of the grant news, Wyrosdick also made a vow to began the process getting a one-on-one device ratio in the district.

“The impossible begins with a commitment,” he said.

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