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Newport High School students start the school year with MacBook laptops, thanks to state grant

Through a $500,000 federal School Improvement Grant that was administered and awarded by the Kentucky Department of Education, the more than 400 students in grades 9-12 at Newport High School are receiving a MacBook laptop computer.



The MacBooks will be distributed to students beginning at 7:45 a.m. today in the main hallways at Newport High School. Grades 7 and 8 (now located at the high school) will receive iPads on Tuesday.

“This is tremendous for our entire student body and staff at Newport High School,” said Newport Independent Schools Superintendent Kelly Middleton, “but especially for our low-income students, whose families can’t afford a computer. This brings an entire world of learning to their fingertips.”

Middleton added that the grant relates to the mission statement of the district and high school – “preparing students for the future” – and the District’s vision statement that “every child will be proficient and prepared for life, work and citizenship in the 21st Century.”

Newport schools (2)“We currently have iPads for all students in grades 7 through 12 and five for each classroom at Newport Primary and Intermediate School,” Middleton said. “Thanks to this grant, we will now be able to offer iPads one-to-one for students in grades 3 through 8 and offer even more iPads to students in our primary school.”

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