Project to Bring Internet to Student Residences Funded by Guilford County School Board | Education

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GREENSBORO – Guilford County Schools is contributing $1 million to a project to provide reliable home internet access to students in designated areas who need it.

The district school board approved the expense at its Tuesday night meeting, on the recommendation of Whitney Oakley, who is acting superintendent.

The money will come from the district’s federal COVID-19 relief funds and will go to the Technology and Data Institute.

TDI is a consortium that includes the District, the cities of Greensboro and High Point, Guilford County, NC A&T and UNCG.

According to the meeting documents, TDI plans to facilitate the design, construction and operation of a CBRS/5G wireless network to support the development of network, connectivity and home connection in high-speed areas. designated density.

Later in the meeting, the school board voted 8-0, with one member absent, to approve Budget Resolution 2022-23, which incorporates information from the budget passed by state lawmakers and replaces the district’s draft budget. .

The budget includes $19.2 million more this year from the Guilford County Board of Commissioners for the District in funding for annual operations. Of this increased funding, $13.2 million would be used to pay for local wage supplement increases for teachers, vice-principals and principals. The remainder would cover required distributions to public charter schools and help pay for state-mandated increases for locally funded positions.

The commissioners’ funding was not enough to cover a $5.5 million increase in pay for classified staff, including custodial staff, cafeteria workers and teaching assistants that the district had included in its application for initial budget, and this item was not included in the final budget.

Classified personnel are included in expected state salary increases. And school board member Deborah Napper said she’s already “wiggling” for the possibility of using federal COVID-19 relief dollars, if there’s money left, for staff bonuses.

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