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More than $40,000 in grants, funding boosts technology

In a time of financial restraint, the Perham schools are getting some financial relief from varied places--including upwards of $50,000 for computer and technology purchases.

"We're finding some creative ways to rustle up cash," said Superintendent Tamara Uselman in an interview.

Several "pots of gold" turned up recently, including a $10,000 grant awarded from BTD Manufacturing. Vocational and technical education teacher Dean Salo won a grant of $10,000, which will enable his department to upgrade architecture, engineering and drafting technology, reported high school principal John Rutten at the November school board meeting.

The school also has about $40,000 from the Microsoft anti-trust lawsuit settlement, which will be applied to 80 to 90 new computers.

About $20,000 is expected to get generated from the "Perham Pride" magnetic bumper sign sales, a fundraiser launched by the Johnson family.

This money will be used for new computer lab equipment in the middle school and also to purchase library books, said Uselman.