BCSC joins South Ripley Community Schools as two of only twenty school districts in the state to receive the grant.
Prior to receiving the grant, the school decided to continue implementing technology devices for more students in the corporation. Currently, BHS and BMS students have Macbook laptops, at the beginning of next year students in grades K-5 will receive iPads.
School corporations that received the grant can request up to $100,000. According to Jackie Huber, director of IT curriculum for BCSC, the corporation requested $99,825.00.
Approximately half of the funding will go toward updating technology in existing classrooms at four of the corporation’s buildings. The grant money will allow the school to provide professional development to teachers and also establish a digital curriculum for each age group.
“We’re honored to be able to be a recipient of the grant from the Department of Education,” said Huber. “It definitely helps support our initiatives that we have been working on for the last several years, specifically 1:1, and for the last 20 years at Batesville.
Batesville had to make an in-person pitch to a committee as part of the grant process. Huber was accompanied by BHS Principal Andy Allen, BPS Principal Heather Haunert and Director of Student Learning Melissa Burton.