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Gloucester board approves $520,618 for distance learning

The Gloucester Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to fund a request from Gloucester County Schools during its Monday work session. Gloucester County Superintendent Dr. Walter Clemons approached the board with a request to use more than a half million dollars in county CARES Act funds to purchase needed equipment for distance learning.

The total amount requested by the schools was $520,618 which will cover two areas of need for the schools. More than half of that amount, $282,541, will be used to purchase 1,267 Samsung Galaxy tablets for students in preschool through second grade. This will allow the schools to have 115 units in stock for replacing any lost, stolen, or damaged devices.

“As we all know, we are in the position of starting with distant and remote learning,” said Clemons, “and in that framework we need to make sure that our instructional programs and capability of some of our technology is actually compatible with some of the programs that we run.”

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