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NEWS RELEASES 2006-07 :: APRIL 5, 2007


Five North Carolina middle schools will be able to enhance their technology programs thanks to their recent receipt of the IMPACT II Model School Grant awards, which were today approved by the State Board of Education. Grant monies, which range from $240,000 - $318,000, will be used to provide the necessary personnel, resources, technology access, professional development, and student instruction to develop technologically literate students by the eighth grade.

Schools receiving the IMPACT II Model School Grant are:

  • Canton Middle School, Haywood County Schools
  • Walkertown Middle School, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • Pembroke Middle School, Public Schools of Robeson County
  • Union Middle School, Sampson County Schools
  • Swain Middle School, Swain County Schools

North Carolina Department of Public Instructional Technology Director Frances Bradburn said that receipt of this grant would have a significant impact on the academic achievement of students at these schools. "Technology instruction is a critical component of a 21st century education. Our graduates will need to be technologically savvy to compete in a global economy. This grant will provide students with a strong foundation to build on in high school."

In order to qualify for these grants, applicants completed extensive self-studies, planning, and visioning over a four-month period before submitting their grant proposal. Once they implement their programs, the schools will be subject to careful, continuous evaluation by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction staff to ensure that federal No Child Left Behind mandates for state grant renewal are followed.

Part of the federal No Child Left Behind program, IMPACT II 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.

For more information, please contact the NCDPI's Communications division at 919.807.3450.


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.