Included in a bond bill recently passed by the Massachusetts Senate is an amendment, sponsored by State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen), for $270,000 toward Amesbury Public Schools technology and infrastructure upgrades.
The secured funds may be allocated toward expenses associated with the purchase of Chromebooks and Chromecarts or comparable hardware, instructional software, online tools, books and streaming services, repairs to existing technology facilities, upgrades to communications and security systems, and the purchase of other education and classroom supplies and resources.
“The COVID-19 emergency has highlighted the importance of our information technology infrastructure, including in our public schools, where equitable access to education has proved challenging in light of the obstacles exacerbated by the pandemic,” said DiZoglio. “Amesbury Public Schools’ students and faculty would greatly benefit from these necessary upgrades to services they rely on. While the ultimate release these funds will be decided by the Governor and his administration, the Senate’s passage of these funds completes a necessary and important step in the process.”
“I am hopeful that the release of funds for this bond authorization will be expedited,” said Amesbury Mayor Kassandra Gove. “Between this authorization and the $50,000 school safety grant we’ve already received, we will be able to fund many of the technology requests that our schools have been making for years. These requests, which would have been nice to have before the COVID-19 outbreak, have become critical to the success of our schools. The pandemic has truly shown us how necessary these improvements are for our connectivity between schools and families, and to ensure that our students are receiving the best education possible whether they are physically in our buildings or not.”