Fairborn schools receive $750K donation for technology

Fairborn City Schools will soon implement a one-to-one technology policy at the high school level.

Thanks to a $750,000 donation from an anonymous Fairborn graduate, the school district will be updating its technology plan.

Fairborn City Schools Superintendent Gene Lolli announced the donation at Thursday’s board of education meeting.

“This anonymous donation will allow us to expand beyond the walls of our school buildings in supporting our students,” Lolli said.

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The donation was made with the specific purpose for updating technology, Lolli said. The district had plans to transition to a one-to-one technology ratio, but the donation accelerates the technology plan, he said.

“This is a huge shot in the arm for us,” Lolli said. “This is a huge relief to our budget.”

The district is currently two-to-one technology at Fairborn High School, but only during the day. This donation will allow the district to supply high school students with technology they can take home with them.

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With the onset of the current coronavirus pandemic, schools have had to increase their focus on families who do not have adequate access to technologies and wifi outside of school.

Lolli said that Fairborn surveyed all families about their technology needs and came to the decision to implement the technology at the high school level first.

The district hopes to implement one-to-one technology in the lower levels in the next one or two years, Lolli said.

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