PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM GETS NEARLY $1M FOR NEW LAPTOPS
The Pickens County School System received over $900,000 through the Cares Act.
<div></div><p>The school system is putting those federal funds to good use, purchasing 2,500 Google Chromebooks. Each student Kindergarten through 12h grade will have their own.</p>
Pickens County Superintendent Jamie Chapman said the devices will be game changers for the hybrid in-person and online courses the school system will be launching this fall. His biggest concern is not all students in the county have internet access. Chapman told WVUA 23 Pickens County is in the middle of a survey, trying to get a better idea of how many of their students do not have internet access at their homes. He’s hoping the data collected from this survey will help bridge the gap in Pickens County.
“At least the conversation has started,” Chapman said. “It has been at the local level. Now, we have the state’s attention. We feel like the education department out of Washington is making WiFi access a key focus moving forward because situations like this pandemic could arise again. You should not be left behind because of your address.”
Chapman told WVUA 23 Tuesday State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey is supposed to deliver Alabama’s reopening plan Monday during the state’s superintendents conference.