The Millard Public Schools Foundation Board voted unanimously this evening to donate $1.3 million to Millard Public Schools for the purchase of 2,500 iPads. This donation will put five iPads in all 482 elementary classrooms throughout the district. The technology will be 32G iPad Air. Each will come with a case, software and a stand. The donation will include 90 reserve units for repair and replacement purposes.

MPS Foundation Director Angelo Passarelli noted the unanimous approval, stating “The sole purpose of the Foundation is to support Millard Public Schools, and the Board members feel strongly that the dollars they give must touch students in the most meaningful way possible. Technology is at the forefront of a world-class education. Millard’s mission is to guarantee students a world-class education and this is the best way we can assist in making that a reality.”

In addition to the iPads, the funding will provide 17 interactive smart boards for elementary libraries. This furthers the district’s aim to expand learning opportunities through increased use of digital technology. The district will make these purchases immediately and support the donation by providing all the staff development expenses to make sure these resources are used in the most productive ways throughout Millard Elementary Schools.

Millard Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jim Sutfin commented, “This is an amazing donation that focuses right on what we need most. It is directly tied to our strategic plan which calls for expanding use of and access to interactive tools and technology to support and improve learning and innovation. In short, it puts technology where it needs to be, in the hands of students. The MPS Foundation has always done so much to support our schools, but this truly takes it to the next level.”

The MPS Foundation stands behind every student with an average of $63 spent per student. Managing nearly a hundred thousand dollars in scholarships for students entering college, the Foundation also supports the district through after school study centers and classroom grants. For the ninth consecutive year, the Foundation will invest more than $1 million dollars in the district.