Chris Schulz Published

Federal Funds Help Private Schools Expand Internet Access

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Seven private West Virginia schools will receive more than $120,000 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The largest individual award of $53,850 will go to the Eastern Panhandle Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Kearneysville.

The other six awards are:

  • $37,600 – St. Patrick School, Weston
  • $6,926 – St. Michael School, Wheeling
  • $6,926 – Central Catholic High School, Wheeling
  • $6,926 – Our Lady of Peace School, Wheeling
  • $6,233 – St. Paul School, Weirton
  • $3,694 – Fairmont Catholic School, Fairmont

The funding is made possible through the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) and will help the schools purchase laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers and broadband connections for students, faculty and staff. 

The ECF was authorized as part of the American Rescue Plan to provide $7.17 billion to expand distance learning and connectivity around the country.

The most recent allocation last year went to Greenbrier, Nicholas, Wayne, Kanawha, Cabell and Lincoln County School Districts.