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FUESD receives $21,000 grant for new technology

The Fallbrook Elementary School District (FUESD) has been given $21,000 by the federal government as part of the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant.

According to FUESD superintendent Brian Jacobs, who shared the news of the grant with the FUESD board of Trustees at their July 19 meeting, the district will use the money towards implementing the district’s technology plan.

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Ray Proctor will be working with district staff to ensure that the most necessary items are purchased with the grant money, said Jacobs.

“The grant money will be used to help the district meet its various goals and different objectives,” said Jacobs. “Some of the money will go to hardware, some to software, while other might go to LCD projectors for classrooms or helping out teachers’ professional development with new software.”

The district has a five-year program that will incorporate the new software to benefit all of its students, with the most gifted and talented being the most targeted.

District was notified of its grant reception on July 19, and will receive the lump sum at one time, hopefully by the end of the month, said Jacobs. When the district is under its annual review, the specifics on how the grant money, along with the rest of the budget, and how the money was used will be given.

“Every little bit helps,” said Jacobs. “Although we applied for the technology grant, [the district] is not as active in searching for grants as it needs to be. We need to be more aggressive in that arena, whether we seek for state, federal or community grants, the dollars we receive will help us achieve our goals for enhancing our students’ education.”

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