1999-12-11 / Columnists

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by Stuart L. Astor

As part of a comprehensive effort to provide computer hardware, software and technical support throughout New York City public schools, Far Rockaway High School has been awarded a Resolution A technology grant for the fiscal year 2000. The grant, which amounts to about $150,000, has been made by the Board of Education’s Department of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT). The money will be used to equip still more classrooms at FRHS with computer equipment and connection to the Internet in a configuration known as the "Smart Schools" classroom network. In general education classrooms, this means the installation of four networked computers and a printer, as well as appropriate furniture and lockdown devices, together with writing software, and graphic and database programs tailored to students’ needs. Programs also include virus protection. Installations will occur during the 1999-2000 academic year. Part of the grant will also be used to wire classrooms into a Local Area Network (LAN) that can make full use of our existing T-1 Internet connections.


Far Rockaway High School has once again received a New York State grant as part of a violence prevention program. Funds totaling $154,680 are being allocated to three school partners, Far Rockaway High School, Springfield Gardens High School and the Renaissance School to support after-school programs providing counseling, tutoring, recreation, literacy and parent services to the families located in these schools’ communities. FRHS’ share of the grant amounts to approximately $52,000, part of which will also be used to provide a motivational speaker and to promote increased communication and cooperation among students faced with violent situations.

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