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Wake County Schools To Get A Cash Infusion

Posted June 9, 2001 9:44 a.m. EDT

— Wake County schools are getting a much needed infusion of money. The Wake Education Partnership raised 1 million for classrooms.

The partnership has a long history of spending this privately raised cash directly on instruction to create stronger teachers, and also gives them more materials to work with.

The school system pays for books and teachers and buildings, but that is only part of what makes a quality education for Wake County students.

The Wake Education Partnership raises money to offer principals and teachers more training, and it gives grants to teachers for specific projects.

Lacy Elementary has recieved both types of help. Principal Marcia Alford is a graduate of the Leadership Academy.

"The administrators in Wake County have been able to attend several of these conferences by these nationally known experts on areas and topics such as continuous improvement, quality of eduacation, teacher effectiveness, change, and those sessions have helped us become better administrators," Alford says.

Lacy Elementary received a total of four grants to encourage kindergarten students and first-graders and second-graders to read with their parents outside of school, and to work on their math skills. Materials and training of teachers were paid for by this partnership fund.