Marley Middle School will get an improved computer lab within the year, thanks to a state challenge grant that will total almost $1 million over the next three years.
The Maryland Department of Education grant, which was approved last month and goes into effect in July, will give the school $200,000 to $300,000 a year for the next three years. The school also was given $50,000 for planning this year.
Challenge grants are designed to give schools extra money to improve facilities and increase student attendance. Lindale/Brooklyn Park Middle and Hilltop Elementary schools were awarded the grants last year.
The two North County schools were the first in Anne Arundel to receive money from the program, which has been in place for four years.
Bill Liptak, Marley Middle School's assistant principal, said the money will be used to enhance its computer lab, hire a reading teacher and put a computer in every classroom.
"This is something you fantasize about, like, 'What would happen if I could get a lot of extra money?' " Liptak said. "Hopefully, after three years, we'll have made a leap in our performance."
Pub Date: 4/10/97