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Monticello Schools to Receive Money for Technology

March 5, 2013

The Monticello Central School District is slated to receive approximately $184,369 from the New York State Technology Voucher Program for schools with low income students. This new statewide program is funded by an $87 million settlement with the Microsoft Corporation. Eligible schools were notified by the education department and may apply for reimbursement in the form of vouchers for technology purchases made September 1, 2012 through November 1, 2014.

“Monticello is fortunate to be included as part of the $87 million Microsoft Corporation settlement,” said Superintendent of Schools Daniel A. Teplesky. “It is money we will apply directly to student learning.”

The money will be used to purchase some of the computers needed to prepare the district for the forthcoming computer-based state assessments and Regents exams. The funds may also be used to enhance the learning environment technologically by creating a district-wide wireless network.

The distribution of the money is based on the Free and Reduced Meal Program percentages in each of the district schools. To receive part of the funding, a school must have at least 50% qualifying students. The exact numbers are slated to be released by the state education department later this spring.

Based on the preliminary information, Monticello Schools will receive funding as follows:

• Monticello High School - $61,164
• Robert J. Kaiser Middle School – $50,480
• George L. Cooke Elementary School - $37,726
• Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School - $34,999

RJK students

From left, Robert J. Kaiser Middle School eighth-graders Lauren McFadden and Jessica Connor work on one of the library’s 30 computers. Currently, the school also houses a lab with 30 additional computers and a mini lab with 15 computers. Significant upgrades will be needed if the school’s 740 students are required to take on-line state assessments in the near future.

Jack Etter in the RJK computer lab

Instructional technology teacher Jack Etter in the RJK computer lab that houses 30 desktop work stations.