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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: MARCH 19, 2008


Principals at Perquimans Central, Westwood Elementary, Wells Elementary and Williford Elementary will soon be able to upgrade their computers, video projectors, and interactive white boards thanks to their schools’ recent receipt of an IMPACT I Model School Upgrade grant.

"These schools have been showcases for the IMPACT Model for many years. This grant will enable them to update older equipment and continue as model schools," said Wynn Smith, NCDPI’s interim lead for Instructional Technology.

IMPACT I grants are funded through the competitive portion of North Carolina's Title II, D, Enhancing Education Through Technology allocation from the federal No Child Left Behind program. The grants are aligned with the North Carolina Educational Technology Plan and IMPACT: Guidelines for North Carolina Media and Technology Programs.

The almost $900,000 grant will be distributed as follows:

Perquimans Central Perquimans County Schools $163,700
Wells Elementary Wilson County Schools $250,000
Williford Elementary Nash-Rocky Mount Schools $209,999
Westwood Elementary Ashe County $247,632

Eligibility for these grants was based on the federal criteria of high poverty and high technology need.

For more information, please contact Wynn Smith, Instructional Technology, NCDPI, 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 126 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 Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.