Southern Door County School District received a Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) Informational Technology Infrastructure grant. The school district was awarded $28,506, which will help ensure wide-range, robust internet access to students and staff. The grant will also aid upgraded network infrastructure. District Instructional Technology and Library Services Coordinator Nate Smithson said this grant would help replace switches, servers, and aging technology. This grant can also ensure proper and long-lasting care of new equipment. Smithson considers this grant to be a collaborative effort between administration, district leadership, and Technology Systems Manager Josh Klopf.
Southern Door just missed the cut last year for the grant. Smithson points out the likelihood of receiving grant funds depends on how many schools apply and a variety of other factors.
This is part of a series of grants from the Department of Administration that will be going to school districts. The department’s Secretary, Joel Brennan, announced that in Wisconsin, 141 school districts and libraries would receive a collective $3 in TEACH grants this year.