Lowndes County Schools welcome millions in grant money

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - For people in Lowndes County, $24 million dollars in grant money for local schools is welcome news. While all but one of the system's schools made Adequate Yearly Progress last year, the system still struggles with poverty. More than 95% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

"Sometimes we're handicapped by not having the proper resources," said Daniel Boyd, Superintendent of the Lowndes County Public Schools. "These two grants will enable us to implement the programs we always wanted to implement.'

Boyd says one grant, worth $14.6 million dollars has added state of the art technology, like smart boards and computers, at four Lowndes County schools.

"The students have taken ownership of all of the items the grant has included," said Antonio Williams, the principal of Hayneville Middle School. "You can go into anyone of the classrooms here at Hayneville Middle School and see the students involved with the technology."

In addition to that grant, the system received another $10 million federal grant for teacher incentives for things such as improving student test scores and showing leadership potential.

Parents and community members in Lowndes County say they believe the grants money will make a big difference in education here.

"With our children not able to get to the big cities and get access to the places that have this technology, to have it right here in their hometowns would be a very great advantage for our children," said Diane Murphy in Hayneville.

The district hopes to have the reforms fully implemented within in the next two years.

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