Brownsville, Texas – The Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) announces today that the Board of Trustees approved yesterday a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Brownsville (COB) to continue collaborating the implementation of the Broadband Feasibility and Digital Inclusion Plan.
“We are extremely grateful to the City of Brownsville, Mayor, and Commissioners’ Court for their support to continue our plan in providing hotspots and technology devices for our students,” said Dr. René Gutiérrez. “It’s because of partners like the City that we are able to achieve our mission of graduating students who are prepared to excel in higher education and successfully pursue career opportunities.”
The City of Brownsville will support BISD with $250,000 through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) matching program, as a first phase of a multi-phased approach of up to $1,000,000. This will go towards addressing the short term and long-term immediate technology needs of BISD students who lack internet connectivity and hardware for distance learning as implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Brownsville and BISD is for the purpose of establishing and achieving various goals and objectives relating to the establishment of a collaborative effort in mutually assisting one another with major partnership initiatives and projects for the betterment of the City of Brownsville Community.
The scope also includes the following initiatives and projects:
- By October 31 of every year, establish a Calendar of Joint Quarterly Meetings and Joint Visioning Session.
- COB and BISD may explore the possibility of the implementation of the Gladys Porter Zoo Master Plan Expansion Project and explore the creation of a BISD veterinarian technician career path.
- COB and BISD may explore the possibility on whether the City can assist with facilities toward BISD’s goal of establishing a Performing Arts Center
- COB and BISD may explore the possibility on future workforce development education and possible funding from the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation (GBIC) on these initiatives, subject to approval from the GBIC Board.
For more information, contact the Brownsville Independent School District at 956.548.8000.