Floyd schools awarded $100,000 grant from AT&T

By Matthew Rand | 

The Floyd County School District received $100,000 from AT&T to help fund the "It's All About Success" program. The funding will help make sure more students graduate and are ready for college or the workforce.

The district is one of 47 entities sharing a 10 million dollar investment from AT&T's Aspire program, which focuses on helping students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.

"The high school here has a graduation rate of 99.4 percent, which is phenomenal. That doesn't happen by accident and we wanted to recognize the great work that's going on here," said AT&T Regional President Gregg Morton.

While Floyd schools have seen improvement in its graduation rate in recent years, Morton says the story nationwide is quite different.

"Every 26 seconds a student across the country drops out of school, and we think it's important to help with that problem, to help address it, and to make sure that students do graduate," said Morton.

School officials say the grant will help make sure more students stay in class and are prepared for college.

"This is a very big day because it gives us some money and some leeway to make sure our students are college and career ready," said Floyd schools spokeswoman Bonita Compton.

Elected officials praised the move by AT&T.

"A lot of our good corporate citizens see the value in investing in endeavors like this because you don't know how many of these kids might end up working for AT&T," said State Representative Greg Stumbo.

Stumbo called the partnership between business and education an investment in the future of Eastern Kentucky.

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