Dr. Stewart made the announcement at the West Virginia Board of Education meeting in Calhoun County. Grant recipients in three different areas -- Technology Demonstration, Education Leadership and the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund -- were announced at the meeting.
"We're pleased to provide these counties with funds to demonstrate innovative uses of technology, prepare educational leaders for their emerging role in technology and to implement comprehensive technology plans," Dr. Stewart said. "These funds will help counties utilize technology to improve the quality of instruction in West Virginia's schools."
Technology Demonstration Grants totaling $150,000 were awarded to Grant, Hardy, Kanawha and Lincoln counties. These grants were made available from funds appropriated by the West Virginia Legislature and will be used by county partnerships to integrate technology in schools.
Education Leadership Grants totaling $162,000 were awarded to Jefferson, Kanawha, Logan, Mason, Mercer, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh and Tucker counties. These grants will be used for professional development programs to prepare county superintendents and principals for their emerging role in the use of technology.
Technology Literacy Challenge Fund grants totaling $3.6 million were awarded to Barbour, Berkeley, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jefferson, Kanawha, Mason, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, Ritchie, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wetzel, Wood and Wyoming counties. These grants will be utilized by counties to implement technology plans focusing on hardware, software, Internet access and professional development.
The leadership and technology challenge grant programs are funded through the U. S. Department of Education.
For more detailed information about each county's awards, contact John Merritt, West Virginia Department of Education, at (304) 558-7880.