$103,000 to New Hanover Co. Schools

NEW HANOVER CO. -- Changes are coming to the New Hanover County school system.

Congressman Mike McIntyre announced Tuesday that $103,000 of federal money will go to the schools to help with telecommunications.

The communications systems at Johnson and Pine Valley Elementary schools have not been updated since 1990. They've been using dial up to access the internet. The New Hanover County Board of Education wants to change that to a faster internet provider.

"If we didn't receive this technology grant or discount rate then we would be paying $103,000 more than we will anticipate paying now. Now that we have it, it's great because then we can make the budget smaller and that money can be used for other things," said Karin Cox, a spokesperson for the school system.

Cox says some of those other things could be computers and new software for the students.

Reported by Bernadette Jay