CARES Funds Covers New Computers

More than 1300 Laptops Now Ready for Weakley County Schools
Posted on 10/28/2020
This is the image for the news article titled More than 1300 Laptops Now Ready for Weakley County SchoolsMore than 1,300 laptop computers are now loaded with appropriate software and ready to be distributed to Weakley County Schools and students in need.

Received in mid-October, the Lenova Yoga 11E laptops now include Office 365 as well as testing and tracking software. The technicians for the district along with computer savvy students spent 9 days preparing the computers for use in the schools and updating the operating systems.

The computers were purchased with monies from the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) set aside by Congress in response to the pandemic.
Approximately $13.2 billion of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the CARES Act focused on ESSER.

The school district was allocated $939,000 based on enrollment. Betsi Foster, WCS Director of Federal Programs, oversaw the extensive application process. The funds cover the computer purchases as well as the salaries for faculty and staff who have taken on additional responsibilities due to COVID-19 precautions.

Weakley County Schools technicians – Troy Jones, Jordan Howell, David Fowler, Kris Bowdell and Anthony Stewart – were assisted by students Elijah Young of Gleason and Tanner Scronce and Mark Maddox II from Dresden High School.

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School technicians (from front to back, left to right) Troy Jones, Jordan Howell, David Fowler, Kris Bowdell and Anthony Stewart.