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Baldridge Announces Over $1.18 Million in Broadband Expansion Grants to Local Schools

September 15, 2020
Brian Baldridge News

COLUMBUS - State Representative Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester) announced the Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with BroadbandOhio, awarded $1,186,517.40 of coronavirus relief funding to support schools in the 90th House District in providing hotspots and internet-enabled devices to students during the 2020-2021 school year.

“Southeastern Ohio will greatly benefit from these funds, thanks for BroadbandOhio and the Ohio Department of Education,” said Baldridge. “Access to broadband is unfortunately an issue in our part of the state. But with extra funds to supply our schools with additional tools, we can move one step closer to combating that issue.”

The federal coronavirus relief aid can be used for various technology needs, including home internet services, hotspots with a service plan, mobile hotspots and public WiFi infrastructure. The grants were awarded based on an application process starting August 10. Additionally, this funding is meant to assist specific groups.

As such, applicant schools were required to show how they intended to aid economically disadvantaged students, vulnerable children and youth, students with chronic illness and student who do not have other access to internet services.

Below are the schools in Baldridge’s district that received funding:

  • Adams County Ohio Valley Local
  • Manchester Local
  • Chesapeake Union Exempted Village
  • Dawson-Bryant Local
  • Ironton City
  • Rock Hill Local
  • South Point Local
  • Symmes Valley Local
  • Tri-State STEM+M Early College High School
  • Bloom-Vernon Local
  • Green Local
  • Minford Local
  • Northwest Local
  • Scioto County Career Technical Center
  • Sciotoville
  • South Central Ohio ESC
  • Valley Local
  • Washington-Nile Local

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For more information, contact Representative Baldridge’s office at 614-466-2124 or rep90@ohiohouse.gov