Miller School in EHT to get new $30,000 computer lab

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Funding provided by the Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools Inc.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools Inc.’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously May 12 to allocate $30,000 to provide a new computer lab for Dr. Joyanne D. Miller Elementary School students.  Miller serves all of the district’s 1,100-plus fourth- and fifth-grade students.  Nearly half of students at Miller are economically disadvantaged.

Based on a recommendation from Scott McCartney, superintendent of schools and ex-officio board member of the partnership, the donation will kick off the partnership’s long-term funding goal of providing instructional technology upgrades to every district school by 2020, and district naming rights.

“Of all of our schools, Miller elementary is the least prepared for state-mandated computer-based testing. This donation will serve an immediate and specific need and help promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum,” said McCartney at the May 12 meeting.

 Echoing McCartney’s sentiments, the district’s Information Technology Services Director Kevin Urtubey said “Miller elementary school currently has only two computer labs with 54 computers in total for the nearly 1,200 students. Simply meeting curriculum needs is a huge challenge, as students get very limited access to computer labs due to the high demand and low computer-to-student lab ratio.”

"The computer lab at Miller elementary was an easy choice for the Community Partnership. We're pleased to make a contribution that will touch so many children in the district, allow the school to meet its testing requirements, and help our students remain competitive in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," said President Tracey Wiser.

The Community Partnership’s donation will also serve as a model for the district’s “naming rights” campaign that seeks corporate donations in exchange for naming rights of athletic fields, meeting rooms, gymnasiums and buildings. The new computer lab will be named in honor of the non-profit community-lead organization. 

 Established in 2006, the partnership is a nonprofit public charity dedicated to providing financial assistance to the district, the largest school district in Atlantic County.  Headed by a 25-member board, it is drawn primarily from community business leaders who recognize the need for supplemental funding to the largest school district in Atlantic County.  To date, the Community Partnership has raised more than $250,000 for instructional technology, capital projects, academic enhancement and extra-curricular activities.

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