Chandler City Council granted Chandler USD $250,000 for the purchase of 1,000 mobile hot spots Aug. 13 to improve access to online education for students in need.
"Due to the pandemic, Chandler's budget and cash funds have been drastically impacted," read a handout from CUSD Chief Financial Officer Lana Berry. "Our Governing Board has made smart financial decisions over the past decades, which is helping to address the current pandemic. School funding is primarily based off of enrollment and mileage. We are requesting financial assistance to provide internet access and hot spots to help our students. This will be essential in helping them meet their academic goals through Chandler Online and our virtual model at each school."
The funding comes from $29.98 million in coronavirus relief dollars that the city received from the state.
Berry told council Aug. 13 that the district's needs outweigh the amount of assistance they are getting on the state or federal levels. The district is projecting $12.9 million of major coronavirus-related expenses outside of its projected budget, Berry said.