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Release No. STELPRD4023774
ContactDavid Glasgow615-783-1300
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FLEISCHMANN ANNOUNCES FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION FOR EIGHT EAST TENNESSEE SCHOOLS
Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Johnson, Scott & Union Counties

WINFIELD, Tenn., May 13, 2014 -- U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann today joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Scott County Schools to announce federal funding for technology improvements at Winfield Elementary and seven other East Tennessee Schools. The announcement also included Lafollette Elementary in Campbell County, Claiborne County High School, Rutledge Elementary in Grainger County, Hancock County Schools, Johnson County Middle and High School, and Maynardville Elementary in Union County.

“Education is key to the economic health of every community, and to the future of every child,” said Fleischmann. “Small federal investments have a big impact when used to bolster partnerships like this with the State, the school systems and Clinch-Powell Education Cooperative, all working together to provide East Tennessee families and businesses with the tools they need to compete with the world.”

All State school systems went through a Postsecondary Commitment to College and Career Readiness (PARCC) assessment last year. Although most schools now have computer labs, the study found that much of the equipment was too old to be upgraded to run new software that will be needed for education and testing in the coming years.

Winfield Elementary currently serves about 270 students and will use the USDA Rural Development grant of $16,900 and $14,600 in State funding to purchase the needed computers and related equipment. In addition to testing, the improvements will also significantly increase the capabilities of the school’s computer lab year-round, expanding educational opportunities for students and teachers.

According to USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode, “Rural communities are too often held back by high poverty, geography and other barriers.”

“While poverty is a challenge in bigger cities as well, the reality is that nearly 85 percent of America's persistent poverty counties are in rural areas,” said Goode. “USDA’s StrikeForce initiative helps grow rural economies, increase investments and create opportunities by providing additional hands-on technical assistance from our local field staff because not every community or school is equipped to research, apply or manage federal, state or non-profit resources they need to keep up, or even pass the competition in today’s rapidly changing world.”

Together the eight schools included in today’s announcement currently serve more than 4,570 students. Each school has been awarded a USDA Rural Development (RD) grant of $16,900 for a total federal investment of $118,300. Additional funding from the State varies by school based on a number of factors. The total State investment in the projects announced today is $141,952.

Schools

County

USDA

State

Students

Lafollette Elementary

Campbell

$16,900

$32,900

749

Claiborne County High School

Claiborne

$16,900

$13,900

782

Rutledge Elementary

Grainger

$16,900

$14,252

397

Hancock County Schools

Hancock

$16,900

$8,100

1001

Johnson County Middle and High Schools

Johnson

$16,900

$44,300

1011

Winfield Elementary

Scott

$16,900

$14,600

270

Maynardville Elementary

Union

$16,900

$13,900

366

   

$118,300

$141,952

4576

Others participating in the event included Winfield Elementary School Principal Sharon Stanley, Winfield Mayor David Cecil, and RD Area Director Joe Woody and Specialist Mary Short.

USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, health, education, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the lives of people in rural areas and the economic health of rural communities. During the last four years the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $3.7 Billion into local economies through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.

For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Scott and Campbell Counties contact the Knoxville Area Office at 865-523-3338 x4, or 800-342-3149 x1491. Visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/TN.

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Last Modified:11/20/2014 
 
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