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Rutherford County School Board Offers Technical Support for Distanced Learners

Story by: Ethan Pickering, MTN Reporter 

September 14th, 2020

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN – The Rutherford County Board of Education has approved nearly an 81 thousand dollar plan funded by the state that will provide 300 mobile hotspots through Verizon, according to Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. 

The board passed this plan in order to accommodate the 20 thousand students involved in distanced learning across the county that is offered by 49 schools. 

“We aim to provide a quality education for all our students, whether they are in person or online,” said Rutherford County Schools Director Bill Spurlock. 

Rutherford County Schools also posted via their website on September 10 that “Rutherford County Schools will offer instructional technology support … for those distance-learning families needing assistance.” 

Distanced learners in rural parts of Rutherford County may have problems accessing internet from their homes. This new plan passed and funded by the Tennessee Department of Education should help the students who have trouble accessing internet. 

“We have kids in rural areas, and quite a bit of people who don’t have access to internet,” says Tiffany Johnson, the Vice Chair of Rutherford County Board of Education. 

The next Rutherford County School Board meeting will be held on September 24 and should offer more information regarding the hotspot plan. 

This is a developing story in Rutherford County.  


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