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Six superintendents from Fayette’s school districts reportedly met in early 1997 to attempt to “pool efforts to find federal or state funds that they can use for technology..." in hopes of applying for a $500,000 technology grant available from the state to wire school classrooms to the Internet.

"By joining together the six possess more clout than if each worked alone,” an official stated.

The districts have already received hundreds of thousands of dollars toward installing computers, updating computers, providing more advanced technology, etc.

There have already been grants to these individual school districts in Fayette County:

Just in October of ‘96, Albert Gallatin, Brownsville, Connellsville, Laurel Highlands, and Uniontown area school districts received a $156,000 Distance Learning Grant to provide advanced classes for students and training for teachers. Where is the near $200,000 to Brownsville Area through the Mon Valley Education Consortium way back in ‘94? Funding which was to upgrade the district’s libraries with computer hookups and high-tech improvements, according to a district official.

Where is the $147,000 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce , which was to “provide Internet access for all senior public high schools in Fayette?” That one, back in September, ‘96,included a matching grant from California University and Bell Atlantic and was to be used to pay for equipment to connect the schools, a technician to service the system, and an instructor to show the schools how to operate the new network.

Those fortunately have been publicized. Where is the “Goals 2000” money?

The public needs a full accounting of all monies received by each of the school districts to date for the purpose of advancing technology, hopefully, before more hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent. The schools already have the technology connection through California University - why is more needed for “costly” fiber optics?

Where has the money already been spent?


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