The R.J. Reynolds Foundation has pledged $1 million to as part of a $38.25 million collaborative project to plug the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County public schools into technology.
The project – covering kindergarten through 12th grade — will put 11,000 computers in classrooms, add fiber-optic connections and support systems, provide curriculum software and train teachers.
Among other goals, the project aims to reduce to 4-to-1 the ratio of students per computer. That ratio currently is 7-to-1 and, in some cases, as high as 9-to-1.
The collaboration includes local, state and federal government, a local bond referendum, and grants from individuals, foundations and businesses.
The project aims to ensure that all graduates of the school system are computer-literate and prepared to compete in an increasingly tech-based society.