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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: APRIL 1, 2003


RALEIGH, N.C. - A Cumberland County principal has received the state's top honor in the 2003 Wachovia Principal of the Year competition.

Over 70 school systems from across the state will send teams of students and teachers to the legislature on April 8 to showcase the many technology-related projects and activities that are part of today's school environment.

By raising legislators' awareness of the use of instructional technology to support teaching and learning, local educators hope that legislators, in turn, will support and expand funding for school technology.

"Next Tuesday, you will see students using media technology as a tool to find information, evaluate its accuracy and usefulness, apply it to solve a problem, and present plausible solutions to that problem. In other words, they will be using technology as a tool to help solve problems. This will be their world as adults, and we're striving to prepare them for that world today," DPI's Director of Instructional Technology Frances Bradburn said.

The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., will take place in the four mezzanine areas on the first floor of the Legislative Building. Contributions from the following educational technology vendors from across the state have helped ensure the success of this event: Computer Hardware - Apple, Compaq, Dell; Electrical Power - Gregory Poole Power Systems; Connectivity and Telecommunications Support - BellSouth and Data Networks; Signage - SAS Institute; Printing - Compass Learning; and event support - Scholastic, The Gale Group and Grolier.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Frances Bradburn, Instructional Technology, DPI, 919.807.3292, or by email,

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.