Tim Walker\r\nAMR Reporter\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County Commission voted Tuesday morning to make a $10,000 contribution to the Pocahontas County Board of Education to help meet the approximately $60,000 local match for the USDA Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant. \r\n\r\nThat grant would provide up to 979 Microsoft Surface Go tablets plus remote keyboards for every student in the county. These tablets could be used for normal class assignments, distance learning such as during this pandemic, as well as for telemedicine appointments.\r\n\r\nThe grant would also provide equipment to enhance the schools\u2019 WiFi network to handle the increased digital traffic. In addition, an outside covered docking station would be installed at Green Bank Elementary-Middle School where students could plug in to download assignments.\r\n\r\nGBEMS currently has no WiFi as it is located in the National Radio Quiet Zone.\r\n\r\nThe contribution will come from the county\u2019s Coronavirus Grant received from the governor.\r\n\r\nIn other business, the commission\r\n\r\n\u2022 accepted the resignation Day Report Center Director Daniel Arbogast\r\n\r\n\u2022 authorized the advertisement for bids to purchase and install heat pumps at both the 911 Center and in the courthouse. \r\n\r\n\u2022 approved a resolution for the County Clerk\u2019s Office to request reimbursement in the amount of $6,418 from the 2020 HAVA CARES Act Grant for additional election costs due to COVID-19.\r\n\r\n\u2022 approved a Budget Revision and Resolution for the assigned fund balance of the Coal Severance Tax Fund to account for $27,025 received in excess of what was expected. \r\n\r\n\u2022 appointed Sam Gibson and Roger Trusler to three-year terms on the county\u2019s Parks and Recreation Board.\r\n\r\n\u2022 appointed Greg Hamons to the county\u2019s Farmland Protection Board for a four-year term as a Soil Conservation Affiliated Farmer.\r\n\r\n\u2022 re-appointed Carol Woody to a five-year term on the county\u2019s Libraries and Visitors Information Centers board.\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County Commission meets the first Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. and the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.