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Fri, 9:42 pm: Garfield Schools finalist for Straight A Fund

Slated to receive $6 million

December 13, 2013
By BONNIE L. HAZEN , Tribune Chronicle |

GARRETSVILLE The Straight A Fund Governing Board has recommended the James A. Garfield Local School District receive $6 million in funding.

One of 570 applications submitted by more than 400 organizations in Ohio, Garfield was selected to receive the funds for a proposed project, Creating a Community of Excellence, which will consolidate its schools onto one campus.

The districts goal is to ensure student success by creating increased instructional time for students, sharing academic resources between classrooms and leveraging partnerships with local organizations.

By consolidating the schools onto one campus, spending reductions will support sustained innovative approaches to learning, according to Garfields executive summary as released by the Straight A Fund.

A total of 24 grants were recommended for funding, including the Trumbull Career and Technical Center, which is slated to receive nearly $300,000.

There was tremendous competition to receive a Straight A grant. All of Ohio will look to the winning proposals for ideas to reduce costs and transform learning in our state. This first round of Straight A Fund grant opportunities has started the process of re-examining the ways that we educate the boys and girls of Ohio, said Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction.

The State Controlling Board will give final approval on Dec. 16 before Straight A funds are distributed.

The $250 million Straight A Fund was created in the new state budget signed this summer by Gov. John R. Kasich. A new round of grant funding will be held next year.The Straight A Fund is part of a $1.6 billion increase in state funding for education over the next two years.



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