State school districts will begin receiving $2,000 each from the Idaho State Department of Education soon as a down payment on the costs they are incurring to replace state-funded high-speed internet services with their own.
Checks started going out Monday, state education officials said.
“We wanted to get some money to the districts as soon as possible to help pay for installation and equipment fees,” said Will Goodman, State School Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s chief of technology.
Schools started lining up their own service after a district judge ruled in February that a state contract which paid for the service to 200 high schools was illegal.
Lawmakers appropriated $3.6 million to help districts cover the cost of service through the end of the school year.
A second supplemental payment to districts will be made once all the final costs are in. District have until March 9 to submit bills.
All districts using the state broadband service have contracted with another vendor to keep services going to the schools.