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The Texarkana Independent School Board of Trustees approved joining an interlocal agreement to provide internet access to students.

According to TISD acting superintendent Autumn Thomas, 350 hotspots from AT&T and 350 from Verizon will be ordered.

Thomas said the total cost is $157,000, but TISD's matching part will be around $78,000.

"It's a great day for our students," Thomas said. "We appreciate everyone's work and the partnership we're forming to meet the needs of our kids."

The interlocal agreement is with Region 4 in the Houston area, which is leading the statewide Operation Connectivity purchasing initiative for economically disadvantaged school children.

With a motion and a second, the TISD board voted to enter this agreement to contribute to Operation Connectivity to provide devices and hotspots to assist in remote
learning processes.

The decision was made during a special called TISD Board of Trustees meeting.

Operation Connectivity is a partnership between Gov. Greg Abbott, the Dallas Independent School District and the Texas Education Agency to connect all of Texas's 5.5 million public school students with a device and reliable Internet connection, according to the TEA website.


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