VILLA GROVE – The Villa Grove and Shiloh School Districts will have approximately $25,000 a piece to improve technology and technology education in their schools and communities this coming school year. The two districts co-wrote the grant application for the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Digital Divide Grant.
The districts have not been informed of the exact amount appropriated to the fund, but will be working with the administrators to work out the details in the coming months.
There are several stipulations stated in the grant, according to Villa Grove High School Principal Sheila Greenwood. Offering technology classes and educating the community will be included in the opportunities funded by the grant.
The Villa Grove school board will also be spending $67,985 to buy a new bus for the 2009-2010 school year, after losing a bus in an accident this spring. The 71-passenger bus has less than 12,000 miles and has just been released from a one-year lease. Superintendent Steve Poznic said the school district has had a plan to replace one bus each year in order to upgrade the current fleet. Last year a bus was not bought due to the rising cost of fuel. This purchase will put the district back on track with its transportation plan.