Magnet schools due new equipment $2.26 million grant to help 4 schools

August 13, 1993|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,Staff Writer

Four Baltimore County magnet schools will get additional equipment as part of a renewable $2.26 million federal grant, school officials said yesterday.

The schools will use the money to hire additional staff, buy computers and state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. Teachers in the magnet program also will receive extensive in-service training to better implement the programs.

The initial grant comes from the Magnet School Assistance Program of the U.S. Office of Education.

If the school system implements its voluntary desegregation plan to "reduce, eliminate or prevent minority isolation," it will receive an additional $2.26 million for the 1994-1995 academic year.

"We are pleased to have a grant that allows us to purchase equipment and focus on staff development to improve our schools," said Anita Stockton, the school system's coordinator of magnet schools. "We are putting things at the fingertips of kids that the Baltimore County school system couldn't provide."

The money will be distributed to each school based on its needs. Ms. Stockton said most of the money will be used to buy equipment. Each school made a wish list for how to spend its funds.

The Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson plans to use its money to buy clay, potter's wheels and other material for its Keystone Arts and Technology Program. Milford Mill Academy will update its library and buy Macintosh computers and science equipment.

Western School for Environmental Sciences and Technology in Catonsville plans to improve its computer technology department with a Macintosh network lab, an IBM computerized library, an IBM information system lab and graphic arts materials. Woodlawn High School Center for Pre-Engineering and Student-Conducted Research will use its money to buy science equipment and install a system that will allow the school to televise classes.

"Magnet schools are doing more to help out and give us big-time opportunities we didn't have before," said Dr. Stuart Berger, school superintendent. "Once people see the positive additions, the desire to attend will keep them on their toes."

The new equipment will be open to all students who attend magnet schools.

"Working with equipment and materials is a great opportunity I couldn't pass up," said Carver sophomore Zach Poff, 15. "Computer equipment that I have had a hard time grasping will be right at my disposal."

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