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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: MARCH 19, 2008

IMPACT III MODEL GRANTS AWARDED

Principals at 17 schools in the Asheville City Schools' System, Pamlico County Schools' System and Scotland County Schools' System will be able to purchase new technology equipment for students including computers and laptops, video projectors, electronic white boards and graphing calculators thanks to their schools' recent receipt of an IMPACT III Model grant. Students also will benefit from the professional development and support their teachers will receive to enhance their schools' media and technology programs.

"Through the implementation of the IMPACT Model in these schools, these LEAs should see a positive impact on student achievement," said Wynn Smith, NCDPI's interim lead for Instructional Technology.

IMPACT III 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. In order to qualify for these grants, the districts participated in the IMPACTing Leadership Training.

The almost $3.4 million grant will be distributed as follows:

SCHOOL SCHOOL SYSTEM
GRANT
Asheville High Asheville City Schools $510,000
Asheville Middle Asheville City Schools $320,000
Claxton Elementary Asheville City Schools $200,000
Hall Fletcher Elementary Asheville City Schools $145,000
Ira B. Jones Elementary Asheville City Schools $171,000
Isaac Dickson Elementary Asheville City Schools $200,000
School of Inquiry and Life Sciences Asheville City Schools $55,000
Vance Elementary Asheville City Schools $171,000
Fred A. Anderson Elementary Pamlico County Schools $144,000
Pamlico Primary Pamlico County Schools $137,000
Pamlico Middle Pamlico County Schools $143,000
Pamlico High Pamlico County Schools $295,000
South Scotland Elementary Scotland County Schools $175,000
Spring Hill Middle Scotland County Schools $210,000
I. Ellis Johnson Elementary Scotland County Schools $139,000
Sycamore Lane Middle Scotland County Schools $186,000
Washington Park Elementary Scotland County Schools $170,000

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.