Iredell-Statesville Schools wins $20M Race to the Top grant



IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. - Iredell-Statesville Schools is one of 16 districts in the country to receive part of a huge federal grant.

Across the country, 372 districts applied for the Race to the Top funds that Iredell-Statesville Schools won.  Now, the local district has $20 million to spend.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan announced the grant Tuesday. She said the money will help 9,000 middle school students.

The district will spend a good portion of the money to train teachers how to incorporate technology in their lesson plans.

Districts had to prove they would use the money to prepare students for college and careers.

Hagan said she's proud of Iredell-Statesville's plan.

“It is certainly a win-win for the school district, for the faculty, but first and foremost, for the students. They are going to be the beneficiaries,” she said.

Tuesday, the ISS superintendent said the grant provides an amazing opportunity for students, and they couldn't be more proud of the work its teachers and young people have done to lay the foundation for the district.

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