Botetourt Co. Board of Supervisors invests in virtual education, allocates funds for new Chromebooks

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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors will allocate about $158,000 to purchase 534 new Chromebooks for students in Botetourt County Public Schools.

According to the Board of Supervisors, this purchase will ensure all public middle school and high school students in the county have access to a computer for school work — whether it be from the classroom or from home. Chromebooks will also be provided to 5th graders.

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided funding for the Chromebook purchase.

Botetourt County received a CARES Act funding allocation from the state with guidance detailing specific ways the money could be spent. The County determined the Chromebook purchase was “a possible and responsible use of the resources.”

Along with the Chromebook purchase, the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors is also investigating ways to use CARES Act funding to further address broadband access concerns.

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