St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey has received a $240,000 grant from the William H. Hannon Foundation for investment in classroom technology and an overall upgrade of the school’s technology infrastructure.

The grant funding will be used toward St. Bernard’s continuing development of the STEM Academy, an initiative that targets innovative education in science, technology, engineering and math, Principal Mike Alvarez said.

This past summer the school upgraded its science laboratories with the construction of a marine biology lab, funded by the Fritz B. Burns Foundation. The lab will be used by the science department, and it also will be the centerpiece of an afterschool program for the study of marine and environmental science, Alvarez said. The lab is scheduled for completion later this month.

St. Bernard High will then begin the installation of wireless communication access points in December, allowing WiFi access to everyone on campus.

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