The City of Henderson is contributing $200,000 to the Public Education Foundation’s Clark County School District Technology Fund for the purchase of Chromebooks, to help ensure that Henderson students have access to technology that will support distance learning while schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Sisolak ordered all schools closed until April 30 and the Nevada Department of Education directed all school districts to mobilize distance learning to ensure continuity of education for the children of Nevada. To assist those students who have limited access to the devices they need to connect remotely, the City of Henderson and Henderson Redevelopment Agency are each contributing $100,000 which will be used to purchase up to 2,000 Chromebooks.
“We must ensure that every Henderson student has access to the necessary technology and connectivity they require as they continue their studies from home,” said Mayor Debra March. “The City’s contribution to the Clark County School District Technology Fund will be directly used to meet the needs of Henderson students as part of our ongoing commitment to improving student performance, raising test scores and furthering college readiness.”
“Getting these devices in the hands of our students is more critical than ever. I am thankful for tremendous community partners like the City of Henderson for their generosity,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “With the continued support of our community partners, we will emerge from this unprecedented situation with a clearer focus on why educational equity is so important.”
The Henderson Redevelopment Agency will provide $100,000 from education set-aside funds, which allocate 18% of tax revenue from property located in the Downtown and Eastside redevelopment areas toward meeting the needs of public schools located within one mile of those areas or that serve students that live in those areas. The other $100,000 will be distributed from City of Henderson marijuana business license revenue, which sets aside 30% of the semiannual business license fees collected from retail marijuana establishments to award in the form of grants to public schools serving Henderson students.