The Newell-Fonda School District is applying for a Star Schools Technology Improvement Grant to update and improve the wireless network between its buildings in Newell and Fonda.
Superintendent Merle Boerner said if the district received the grant, it would be used for improving the connection to provide more reliable Internet and e-mail functions in the school buildings in Fonda. The requested amount is slightly over $12,000.
Currently the school district gets its Internet access from the ICN, but Boerner said the state fiber optics network only lays a line to one site in each school district, which is usually the high school.
A wireless connection was installed several years ago to provide Internet and e-mail capabilities to the school buildings in Fonda, Boerner said.
"That system has gone down on us a few times, which causes problems - it's not very reliable," he said, adding that a lightning strike this spring has also caused problems for the system.
A consulting company has given recommendations on upgrading the system, so the district hopes to receive for the Star Schools grant to do that.
"The primary focus is to update the fiber optics system so we'll have a better connection and more reliability for the buildings in Fonda," Boerner said.
Middle School Principal Randy Nielsen did most of the grant-writing, Boerner added.