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21 Idaho Schools, Districts and Childcare Organizations Awarded Funding

Caldwell School District
Posted at 10:49 AM, Feb 14, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-14 12:49:58-05

IDAHO — Schools, districts and childcare organizations in Idaho will receive funding to implement innovative technology solutions through funds provided to the Idaho Department of Education through the USDA’s FY 2021 Technology Improvement Grant.

Under the grant, Idaho was awarded $518,028 to award Child Nutrition Program (CNP) sponsors in the form of mini-grants over three years.

Some of the districts that will receive funding include the Caldwell School District, the Payette School District and Blaine County School District.

This distribution is the third and final round in the mini-grant cycle, with total grant awards of over $171,000 in federal funding.

Funds will be distributed to 21 CNP sponsors in Idaho schools and districts to add technology solutions that will improve program accountability, data accuracy, program performance and the capacity to identify and target error-prone areas within all Child Nutrition Programs at the state and local education agency or sponsoring organization levels.

“We don’t often think of things like printers, laptops and software as essential for use in our school cafeterias,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Debbie Critchfield. “In reality, these technology improvements are another important way to ensure that we’re efficiently and effectively delivering healthy food to Idaho’s students.”

More information about Child Nutrition Programs is available on the Idaho Department of Education website. Schools receiving 2021 Technology Improvement Grant Round 3 grant awards include:

SFAEquipmentGrant Award
Payette School District
2 point-of-sale computers and 3 printers
Caldwell School District
Mosaic menu/inventory software, 4 point-of-sale monitors
Orofino School District
Health-e Pro menu planning software, 4 laptops, 2 monitors, media player & license, cameras
Elevate Caldwell Charter School
Health-e Pro software
Elevate North Charter School
Health-e Pro software
Plummer/Worley School District
Titan software, 2 laptops, printer
Blaine County School District
10 Chromebooks, card printer
The Small World Child Care Center
1 desktop stand, 2 laptops, iPad Air, keyboard
American Heritage Charter School
2 laptops, tablet, LINQ/Titan software
Fingerprints Pre School
Laptop, 8 iPhones for meal counting
Basin School District
Mosaic software
New Plymouth School District
Nutrition analysis software (point of sale, F&R apps, menu & inventory planning)
Kootenai School District
3 computers, monitors, printer, printer toner
Midvale School District
Point of sale computer system (all-in-one computer with Windows 11)
Minidoka School District
12 point-of-sale computers and 8 desktop computers, 12 stands
West Bonner School District
2 printers and toner
West Side School District
3 laptops, 4 point of sale laptops, finger scanning software
Richfield School District
EMS Linq software
St. Vincent De Paul Coeur d’Alene
25 tablets, 2 laptops, Adobe, Microsoft Office, 2 monitors
Our Lady of Good Counsel - St. Vincent de Paul
2 tablets, mobile hotspot, printer, laptop
Kamiah School District
Computer with double screen, printer, EMS LINQ and Café Plugin software