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Dart and Mason Public Schools Foundations Fund Chromebook Initiative

Wednesday, August 23, 2017  
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Over the next three years, these grants will provide 2,500 Chromebooks for student use

Today, at the Mason Public Schools welcome back ceremony, the Dart Foundation and Mason Public Schools Foundation shared their continued support of local students by announcing gifts of $500,000 and $90,000 respectively with the goal of providing students access to Chromebooks in the classroom.

“The Dart Foundation is pleased to grant $500,000 to Mason Public Schools for its Chromebook initiative because it aligns well with the Dart Foundation’s mission. It is our Board’s hope that this district-wide technology investment will enhance the classroom experience and maximize the existing curriculum for all students in a variety of disciplines,” stated Emily Matthews, Manager, Dart Foundation.

The Dart Foundation and Mason Public Schools Foundation grants plan to distribute the proceeds over a three-year period. The grants will pay for approximately 833 Chromebooks and 34 Chromebook carts each year for the next three years totaling approximately 2,500 Chromebooks and 102 carts for student use.

Peter Curtis, Mason Public Schools Foundation President, shared, “The Mason Public Schools Foundation selected to support this initiative because we know the importance of technology. We recognize the district has infrastructure needs as well as technology device needs. However, we want this $90,000 to go toward student devices as technology plays such an important role in today’s modern learning environment.”

Teachers will receive training on how to use the Chromebooks to support student learning. The devices will be used to support the new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum district-wide, along with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. The first shipment of Chromebooks has been delivered and student distribution will begin soon.

In addition, on November 7, 2017, a bond proposal will appear on the ballot and a component of that bond includes technology infrastructure. If approved, the bond will provide critical improvements to technology infrastructure, which is more than 20 years old. Maintaining Mason’s technology infrastructure is necessary to support a modern learning environment and to maximize student learning through the Chromebook initiative.

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Mason Public Schools is committed to academic excellence in a safe environment where students develop critical thinking skills, are empowered to succeed, and are encouraged to serve their community.


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