School officials have mixed feelings on rural Internet plan

SALINA, Kan. (AP) – Some rural public school administrators in north-central and northwest Kansas are expressing mixed feelings about a state plan to improve high-speed internet access in rural districts.

State officials this week announced a plan to expand internet to up to 20 percent of Kansas school districts.

The Salina Journal reports Larry Lyder, superintendent in Selden district, says the Kansas Connect and Learn initiative would help his district’s students achieve more.

However, Weskan superintendent Dave Hale, said he was skeptical about the plan because of the cost of extending fiber-optic cable to rural areas could be prohibitive.

Under the plan, the state will partner with Educational SuperHighway, a California-based organization. It will coordinate with districts and internet service providers to develop plans for upgrades.