The awards were presented Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, by Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine during a luncheon at the Charleston Civic Center. The ceremony was part of the four-day West Virginia Statewide Technology Conference.
The Enhancing Education Through Technology program helps fund technology integration specialists in schools. Every technology integration specialist receives 40 days of professional development so they then can return to their home schools and help other teachers integrate technology into their teaching plans to improve student achievement.
The program strives to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in schools; to assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every student is technologically literate by the end of the eighth grade; and to encourage the effective integration of technology with teacher training and curriculum development to establish successful research-based methods.
The 12 counties that received the grants for the 2006-2007 school year are: Boone County: $149,998, Sherman Elementary; Calhoun County: $150,000, Calhoun Middle/High, Arnoldsburg and Pleasant Hill elementaries; Clay County: $150,000, Valley Fork, Ivydale, H.E. White and Lizemore elementaries; Kanawha: $149,970, Sissonville Middle, Malden and Marmet elementaries; Lewis: $148,717, Peterson-Central Elementary; Lincoln: $149,999, Lincoln County High; Marion: $150,000, East Fairmont Junior High; Mercer: $150,000, Princeton and Bluefield high schools; Monongalia: $149,937, Cass, Arnettsville, Riverside and Westover elementaries; Nicholas: $150,000, Richwood Middle; Wirt: $150,000, Wirt County Primary and Wirt County Middle; Wood: $150,000, Franklin Elementary, VanDevender Junior High.
The grant money awarded to each county may be used to help achieve the goals intended by the program, as well as other applicable education goals.
For more information, contact John Merritt, coordinator of the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund Grant, at (304) 558-0304.