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NEWS RELEASES 2004-05

NEWS RELEASES 2004-05 :: JANUARY 11, 2005

FOUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS RECIEVE
NC 1-2-1 TECHNOLOGY GRANTS

Four North Carolina public schools can now enhance their technology programs as a result of their recent receipt of the NC 1-2-1 Grant. These grants provide for the resources, access, and professional development needed by students to have one-to-one technology access to enhance academic achievement.

The grant recipients and the amounts received are as follows: Central Elementary, Pasquotank-Elizabeth City Schools, $300,000; Liberty Drive Elementary, Thomasville City Schools, $160,270; Swain West Elementary, Swain County Schools, $299,657; and West Greene Elementary, Greene County Schools, $300,000. Overall, 37 schools were eligible for these one-year grants based on the federal criteria of High Technology Need.

In order to qualify for these grants, the four schools completed extensive self-studies, planning, and visioning over a four-month period prior to grant submittal. A requirement of the grant is particpation in a workshop to develop an evaluation plan that will be monitored for two years. This evaluation process will be managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as part of the federal No Child Left Behind mandates for state grant renewal.

"We look forward to watching these schools grow and change with technology," said the NC DPI's Associate Superintendent and Chief Information Officer Dr. Robert Bellamy. "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, NC 1-2-1 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.

For more information, please contact Frances Bradburn, Instructional Technology, DPI, 919.807.3293, or by email, fbradbur@dpi.state.nc.us.

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.