Lee County schools awarded $23,996 in ExPECT grants
Nearly $24,000 in grants handed out to Lee County schools.
By Sandi Pullen
SHANNON - Lee County School Board members unanimously approved the donation of nearly $24,000 in grant money at their meeting at Shannon Elementary School on Tuesday.
"What we're presenting this year is an increase of about $4,000 from last year, but I think we can do better," said Bobby Pepper, president of the Association for Exceptional Progress in Education through Curriculum and Technology, that funded the grant. "There are a lot of people in the county who haven't heard of ExPECT and who don't realize how much our children benefit from the items purchased through our grants.
"We need our communities, businesses and school organizations like the PTOs to get involved in ExPECT."
Grant money will be used by the school board to purchase various supplies for teachers in schools throughout the county. Items funded this year include Alpha Smart keyboards, microscopes, Accelerated Reader books and software, dictionaries, science videos, maps, dictionaries, a 3-D model skeleton and a phonics kit.
"I would like to extend my appreciation for the time that Nick (Humber) and Bobby (Pepper) both spent on this," said Lee County Schools Superintendent Johnny Green. "Without that $24,000, you can see that there are a lot of things that wouldn't be available to the teachers, so you can see that we appreciate the work of ExPECT." Nick Humber is the federal programs coordinator and ExPECT liaison to the board.
Nearly 70 applications were received at the beginning of the school year by ExPECT, Pepper said, and after a very thorough review, 49 applications were approved.
"This is above and beyond what the school board funds," Pepper said. "We hope the items purchased will make a positive impact on the students in their education."
Last school year, ExPECT awarded $19,000 to the Lee County School District, providing funding for computers and other supplies.
"As the state prepares to make cutbacks in school funding, organizations like ExPECT will be counted on more than ever to provide the additional funds teachers need to support their work in the classroom," Pepper said.
In other action, the board
Approved the lease of a dishwasher for the Plantersville cafeteria;
Approved an additional bus route at Mooreville; and
Accepted a storage building for the tennis team at Shannon. The old storage shed will be moved to a different location.