Updating district technology has been a long time coming for Washington Schools.
With a student population of 1,054, WPS has struggled to provide adequate technology opportunities for students and staff. Currently, district needs include network upgrades, student/staff computers and digital displays.
Additionally, the district’s wireless network has limited capabilities. All these factors hinder the ability for teachers to effectively provide students with a globally competitive education using state-of-the-art equipment.
Enter the Catalyst Education Fund (CEF).
The CEF is a tax credit program that allows businesses to directly support innovative educational programs in the arts, STEM and technology in Oklahoma’s rural public schools.
Recently, an anonymous donor gave $100,000 through the CEF, and Washington applied for the funds to address their outdated technology equipment and infrastructure needs. Because of this generous donation, students and teachers alike will see several improvements:
- Improved internet accessibility;
- Increased number of machines for in-district use;
- Increased staff professional development on how to integrate technology in the classroom.
This grant will allow the district to purchase equipment, including key pieces:
- 38 Dell laptops;
- 210 Dell Chromebooks;
- 8 Charging Carts
“We cannot emphasize the significance of what these funds will do for our schools,” said Superintendent Chris Reynolds.
“We want our students to have the best education we can give them, and providing them reliable equipment they can use to expand their knowledge and grow their skills is critical to providing them a well-rounded, challenging education,” Reynolds concluded.
The Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC) serves as the Educational Improvement Granting Organization (EIGO) for the CEF, the only EIGO in the state, and they presented the $100,000 check to the district at the August 12 board meeting.