Morgan Education Foundation Provides $10,000 Grant for Technology

MORGAN, UTAH: January 12, 2015 – Local students and teachers are experiencing the benefits of recent technology upgrades in their schools. A multi-faceted local funding effort sponsored by the Morgan Education Foundation has helped provide essential infrastructure improvements in the school district. During the Foundation’s November meeting, the Board of Trustees approved $10,000 be allocated immediately for technology modernization.

In a recent letter to the Board of Trustees, Morgan School District IT Director and Technology Committee Chairman Terry Allen expressed his appreciation to the Foundation for the financial support they have provided the school district.

Recent purchases with Morgan Education Foundation funds include a new firewall for the district network that provides a more consistent and faster data stream. The firewall also minimizes the liability for outside entities to gain access to school district’s network. In addition, the firewall provides an antivirus program for both the network and work stations.

New gigabit switches have been purchased and will be installed for the computer labs in the high school. With the switches and other upgrades to the network, students and staff will have a more reliable and consistent experience when working in the computer labs.

“Technology in classrooms is a hot-button topic recently, as shown by a Utah gubernatorial task force, bills presented in legislative sessions, and various media reports,” explained Mark Farmer, Morgan School Board member. “While Morgan schools are more than a little behind in available technology, it is important that we implement technology in our classrooms in a manner that’s carefully planned-out with the future in mind. The funding from the community, through the Morgan Education Foundation, allows us to start the process of upgrading our technology using a careful and cost-effective approach.”

The Morgan Education Foundation is embarking on the second year of a five-year technology-focused fundraiser, which was recently rebranded as “Connections For Classrooms.” The multi-year effort was constructed to support Morgan School District with its long-term technology needs.
“In early 2014, the School Board approached the Foundation requesting fundraising efforts be directed toward much-needed improvements in technology infrastructure,” commented Diana Windley, newly appointed Morgan Education Foundation president. “The Foundation’s Board of

Trustees has responded to their request, and raised $30,560 in the first year.”
Windley says that the recent $10,000 allocation to the school district for technology is the first of many funds transfers in the coming weeks, months and years. She expects the money to be invested in technology quickly due to the school district’s aging computer systems and growing student population.

Existing and future money raised for technology will be delivered to the schools as the Morgan School District’s Technology Committee submits formal funding requests for infrastructure needs. Transparency and accountability in the appropriate application of these funds is a key component of this funding process.

“The Foundation has a solemn responsibility to individual and corporate donors to ensure these funds are used for their intended purpose – to improve technology in our classrooms that will enhance the educational experience of Morgan County School District students,” added Windley.
Individuals and corporations wishing to donate to the “Connections For Classrooms” fundraising project are requested to do so through the Morgan Education Foundation, a recognized non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) designation. Donations can be made with a credit card on the Foundation’s website at www.morganeducationfoundation.org. The Foundation also accepts donations at the school district office located at 240 East Young Street, Morgan, Utah 84050.