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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03

NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: MARCH 10, 2003

SCHOOLS WIN IMPACT MODEL SCHOOL GRANTS

Eleven North Carolina public schools will be able to enhance their technology programs as a result of their recent receipt of the IMPACT Model School Grant awards. These grants provide for the necessary personnel, resources, access, professional development, and student instruction to produce technologically literate students by the eighth grade.

The grant recipients are:

  • Wadesboro Elementary, Anson County Schools;
  • Fleetwood Elementary/West Jefferson Elementary, Ashe County Schools;
  • Crossnore Elementary, Avery County Schools;
  • Spring Lake Middle, Cumberland County Schools;
  • Wallace Elementary, Duplin County Schools;
  • West Edgecombe Middle, Edgecombe County Schools;
  • E.J. Hayes Elementary, Martin County Schools;
  • Williford Elementary, Nash/Rocky Mount Schools;
  • Perquimans Central Primary School, Perquimans County Schools;
  • Wells Elementary School, Wilson County Schools; and
  • Clearmont Elementary, Yancey County Schools.

In order to qualify for these grants, the 11 schools completed extensive self-studies, planning, and visioning over a four-month period before the grant was submitted. Now they will be subject to careful, continuous evaluation. A formal statewide evaluation process will be managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to meet federal No Child Left Behind mandates for state grant renewal. "We look forward to watching these schools grow and change with technology," said Dr. Robert H. Bellamy, DPI's Associate Superintendent of Accountability and Technology. "We hope to learn a great deal from these schools about the role that technology can play in student achievement. If this is successful - and we fully expect it to be - we have a model for educational change in the state and nation."

Part of the federal No Child Left Behind program, IMPACT Model School Grants are North Carolina's competitive grant component of Title II, D, Enhancing Education Through Technology, and are aligned with the North Carolina Educational Technology Plan and IMPACT: Guidelines for Media and Technology Programs in North Carolina. Of the original 49 schools eligible for these grants based on the federal criteria of High Technology Need, 11 schools were awarded the first year's grant. Each award, up to $450,000 to each school yearly over a three-year period, is renewable annually based on the school's implementation, evaluation and performance.

For more information, please contact Frances Bradburn, Instructional Technology, DPI, 919.807.3293.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.