CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVNS) — On Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2021, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced an additional $561,367 from the American Rescue Plan for two more schools, and one school district across the Mountain State.
These funds are distributed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help schools districts purchase laptops, tablets, Wi-Fi hot spots, and other broadband connections for use in educational settings.
The newest schools to receive funding include:
- Mineral County School District – $344,619.50
- Cabell County Schools – $198,475
- St. Paul School in Weirton – $18,273
To date, West Virginia has received $36,923,791.99 for 53 schools, school districts, and other education organizations. Funding received by southeastern WV school districts can be found below:
- Fayette County Schools – $4,505,338
- Mercer County School District – $421,860
- Monroe County School District (Union) – $34,649
- Raleigh County Community Action – $662,253.46
- Raleigh County Public Library – $1,764
- Summers County School District – $421,860
- Wyoming County School District (Pineville) – $1,827,974
The broadband expansion is being made possible by the Emergency Connectivity Fund, which was authorized through the American Rescue Plan. The fund’s purpose is to provide $7.17 billion to expand internet access across the country. Sen. Manchin said he wanted to prioritize rural regions like West Virginia to make sure they weren’t left behind.
“The Emergency Connectivity Fund has delivered more than $36 million to increase access to reliable broadband for thousands of West Virginia students, teachers and library visitors. I fought to include more than $7 billion in the American Rescue Plan to provide short-term broadband solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic and advocated for rural states like West Virginia. As we work to bring reliable, affordable broadband access to all West Virginians, I will keep pushing to implement long-term solutions included in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)