Tyrrell County Schools to receive grant funding to increase, upgrade technology access

Published 11:14 am Saturday, November 13, 2021

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In a recent Tyrrell County Schools District Spotlight, Superintendent Oliver A. Holley stated that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a significant expansion of access to high-speed internet, health care and educational services for thousands of rural North Carolinians.

Tyrrell County Schools partnered with Johnston County Public Schools to acquire grant funding to increase and upgrade student access to technology.

“For too long, the ‘digital divide’ has left too many people living in rural communities behind: unable to compete in the global economy and unable to access the services and resources that all Americans need,” Vilsack said. “Rural people, businesses and communities must have affordable, reliable, high-speed internet so they can fully participate in modern society and the modern economy.”

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“We thank Dr. Eric Bracy and his team for agreeing to partner with the second smallest district in the state. Partnerships like this continue to place a priority on the education of all students,” Holley stated.

Through this partnership with Johnston County Public Schools, Tyrrell County Schools will utilize $54,534 of the $900,000 grant for technology and telecommunications equipment to implement a professional development network that will assist educators in responding more effectively to students and families in crisis, as well as provide a means for students to attend virtual support, counseling and/or therapy sessions. The project will benefit an estimated 14,000 students in the Johnston County and Tyrrell County Schools, stated the TCS announcement.

Email Audrey Curles, Tyrrell County Schools director of technology, at acurles@tycomail.net for more information.