MHS to improve journalism class with grant

By KATIE HURST/ Staff Writer

MONTEVALLO — The Montevallo High School journalism class will no longer be lacking the technology equipment they need thanks to a $25,000 grant presented to the school Nov. 17 by state Reps. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, and Mike Hill, R-Columbiana.

Ward and Hill presented the grant at the monthly Montevallo Chamber of Commerce meeting along with Mayor Ben McCrory. Montevallo High School’s principal Derek Dearman accepted the legislative grant on behalf of the faculty and staff of the school.

Ward said the grant comes after school technology budgets have been drastically cut due to proration over the last two years.  With the help of Dearman, Ward and Hill secured the grant in October from the Alabama Public School and College Authority.

“I am thankful for the teamwork by Representative Hill, Mr. Dearman, and the local community in making this possible,” he said. “There has been a tremendous need in new technology equipment throughout Shelby County and hopefully we can work on this problem more in the future.”

Dearman said Montevallo High School has desperately needed new monies for technology improvements for some time. The grant will be used to purchase more equipment for the school’s journalism class, he said.

Hill said he was glad to help the school receive the grant to provide the equipment they need.

“I have represented Montevallo for many years and I am just glad Cam and I were able to help them with this new equipment,” he said