West Branch Board of Education has announced the first winners of the West Branch Local Schools Innovative Technology Grant. The board of education received 11 applications for classroom innovation for students. A grant review team comprised of four teachers, a county consultant and two board members met to review the applications. The West Branch teachers showed their dedication by writing their proposals. All applications were well done and the board dedicated over $45,000 to infuse new ideas into the district. Grant winners are Kevin Buckley and the high school science department, Measure, Analyze, Learn with Verner Equipment, $17,000; McKenzie Wallace, high school, grade nine writing lab, $12,000; Allyson Burkey, Damascus Elementary, Differentiating Instruction with Kindles, $1,900; Annie Cushman and Amber Wilson, Damascus Elementary, presentation and online assessment laptop cart, $12,000; Bridgit Scofinsky, Damascus Elementary, story builders with IPADS, $2,100. Pictured are, first row, from left, Cushman, Burkey, Wilson; second row, Wallace, Buckley, Scofinsky.