2017-08-09 / Academics

WCS Gets $759K Smart School Technology Grant

By Lillian Browne

WALTON - The Walton Central School District (WCS) will have new computers, equipment and a new security system thanks to a “Smart Schools” grant award by the governor’s office on July 14.

WCS was awarded $759,000 in funding, which will be used to purchase 20 interactive whiteboards, 36 iMac desktop computers, 230 Chromebook laptops, 75 Chromebook flip laptops, three carts and a variety of security equipment as part of a controlled entry system.

The grant, according to the governor’s press release, closes the “digital divide” which helps to increase access to technology and high-speed broadband.

The equipment will help modernize classrooms and school buildings.

WCS Superintendent Roger Clough said, “The new technology and security to our buildings will ultimately make our school safer for our students. Add that to the goals for technology in the classrooms and this grant is going to make it a better environment for our students and staff.”

Walton students, Clough said, will be challenged to use technology responsibly as a productivity solution tool to help achieve higher levels of critical thinking and problem solving.

One hundred fifty four schools across New York took part of the $103.2 million grant. Sidney Central School District received a $1.092 million award.

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