Stafford Municipal School District (MSD) once again takes the lead on student learning and parity for all. Superintendent Dr. Robert Bostic and Jorge Rodriguez, Stafford MSD Director of Technology, were seeking a way to bridge the achievement gap that exists between students who have regular Internet access and those who don’t. By partnering with Lea Bogle, President of Premier Wireless, they have implemented an innovative and powerful, new solution.
Through the partnership with Premier Wireless, Stafford MSD received more than $39,500 in free hardware and software services, which enabled the district to secure 150 Smart HotSpotsTM and 50 traditional hotspots. Premier’s Smart HotSpotTM allows students to safely access the Internet to research virtually anywhere without the need of a computer. When students need to use a computer or other Wi-Fi-enabled device, they can connect that device to the CIPA-compliant Wi-Fi that’s created by the Smart HotSpotTM.
According to a recent survey of U.S. high school students conducted by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and myCollegeOptions®:
70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires Internet access and
49 percent of students reported having experienced being unable to complete a homework assignment because they didn’t have access to a computer or the internet.
Stafford MSD’s 20/20 Vision calls for 100 percent of students to read at grade level by third grade or earlier. This investment is technology is just one way Stafford MSD is making this vision a reality under Dr. Bostic’s leadership.
“We are so proud and honored to partner with Premier Wireless, and we are enthusiastic about how it will benefit our students academically,” Dr. Bostic said. The district plans to make these devices available for the students to check out through its libraries.
Bogle is passionate about education and said, “The need to address Internet access for all students is critical and the time is now. It’s just too important and it can’t wait.” Bogle’s mission is to enable innovation, safety and transformation for students everywhere.
About Premier Wireless
For over 25 years, Premier Wireless, a Sprint Authorized Business Dealer, has been providing wireless mobility and communication solutions to K–12 schools, local colleges and universities, local and state government and other business entities. Premier Wireless focuses on enabling innovation, safety and transformation through technology for its clients. Learn more at www.PWBTS.net.