Elgin School is working hard to invest in the future. We were recently awarded an $18,000 E-Rate Grant that allowed us to update our Local Area Network, WiFi, servers, and firewall. As a result, we have increased our internet speed from 10 MB/second to 110 MB/second, and our network and classroom technologies are now working seamlessly. In addition, we have completed our library renovations, and have incorporated digital technology, media, coding and researching capabilities into our already amazing media collection. I want to personally recognize and thank our Maintenance & Facilities Supervisor, Keith Arnett and Lynne Daffern in our library, for their hard work, creativity, and innovative designs. As a result of these efforts, Elgin School is clearly on the right path for 21st Century Technology. I invite everyone in the community to visit and see the renovations – they are amazing!
We were also recently awarded a $50,000 School Facilities Grant to renovate our playground to be in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) for playground accessibility. Construction will begin shortly on paved pathways and playground equipment that will allow all of our students to enjoy recess together. School Facilities also awarded us a $600,000 grant to add air conditioning to our elementary building. In addition, we received a High Cost Child Grant in excess of $104,000 and a Pre-School Emergency Grant in excess of $29,000. These grants have generated over three-quarters of a million dollars ($801,000) in less than a year for the Elgin School. We are excited about these awards and our plans to use this revenue to prepare students for the 21st Century and improve the quality of instruction on our campus.
Finally, congratulations to our Volleyball team and Coaches Sheila Oliver, Denise Bowdon, and Lacy Beyer who brought home the River Canyon League Championship this month. I am grateful to this wonderful community and all of your support. Thank you for keeping Elgin great. Eagles Rock On!