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Denton ISD submits Connectivity Grant to Texas Education Agency

At their most recent meeting, the Denton ISD Board of School Trustees learned that school leaders have submitted a grant requesting $2.2 million in matching funds from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that would purchase additional technology for the district’s 32,000 students.

“Through a survey by TEA, connectivity was determined to be the biggest challenge for school districts all across the state,” said Dr. Mike Mattingly, associate superintendent of curriculum, instruction, and staff development. “The purpose of this project is to provide public school students with adequate learning devices and reliable internet connections at home.” 

With this program, TEA offers a reimbursement that allows districts to apply for technology and connective equipment reimbursements for purchases made between May 21 and July 22. If approved by the agency, the district could purchase and offset half of the cost of $4.4 million of equipment that would directly benefit students.

District leaders plan to use the funds to double the number of laptop computers, web cameras, WiFi hotspots, and document cameras.

“In the middle of all that we have currently going on with back-to-school, our teams are working on securing devices for our students,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools. “And although we may not have these devices received in the district in time for school to start in August, the fact that we know we have 12,000 devices coming helps us significantly in the pipeline of replacement.  It’s great work all the way around.”