Schools in Senate District 47 will receive nearly $900,000 in grants through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund, said State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem).

The $61 million GEER grant program is funded through the federal CARES Act and focuses on ensuring device availability for at-risk student populations, providing educator training and improving the quality of remote and virtual education.

In Senate District 47, the following schools and school corporations received grants:

  • Cannelton City Schools in Perry County received $30,000;
  • Crawford County Community School Corporation in Crawford County received $11,943.75;
  • East Washington School Corporation and Salem Community Schools in Washington County received a total of $162,588.54;
  • Lanesville Community School Corporation, North Harrison Community School Corporation, South Harrison Community School Corporation, St. Joseph Catholic School, and St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran School in Harrison County received a total of $404,700.
  • Paoli Community School Corporation, Springs Valley Community School Corporation, and Shady Oak Amish School in Orange County received a total of $196,850;
  • Southeast Dubois County School Corporation in Dubois County received $55,000; and
  • West Washington School Corporation in Washington County received $30,000.

“I’m very pleased to see so many local schools applied for and received these grants,” Houchin said. “Transitioning to remote learning is especially challenging in rural areas of the state like ours, and I look forward to seeing the teachers and students at these schools benefit from increased connectivity made possible by this funding.” 

Traditional public school corporations, public charter schools, accredited non-public schools, higher education institutions and other education-related entities were eligible to apply.

Eligible education entities were able to apply together or separately. A team from the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and the Indiana State Board of Education evaluated the applications.

For more information about the GEER program, click here. For a detailed breakdown of all grant recipients, click here.