Sens. Thune, Johnson announce dollars for local school districts

Sens. Thune, Johnson announce dollars for local school districts
Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) have announced that the Vermillion, Gayville-Volin and Irene Wakonda school districts will receive federal funding.

The Vermillion School District will receive $7,050.32 from the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, commonly known as "E-Rate," which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This program provides discounts to assist schools and libraries to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access.

The Gayville-Volin School District will receive a $14,514 grant for improved telecommunication services and a $6,791 grant for Internet access.


The Irene-Wakonda School District will receive a $16,207 grant for improved telecommunication services and a $5,994 grant for Internet access.

"Telecommunications and information exchange are vital components of today's education system," said Thune. "It is important for our school districts and libraries to maintain access to telecommunications and the Internet in the ever-changing world."

"Many schools and libraries in South Dakota rely on technology funding through the E-Rate program to expand distance education and incorporate technology into classrooms," said Johnson.

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