One grant gone, one sought

jcotton@timesobserver.com

A state grant that has funded a tutoring-like program in the Warren County School District for the last three years is about to expire.

But new grant funding was opened for applications last week and the Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Committee of the school board this week sent to the full board a request to apply for the funding to continue with the 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school program model. The board approved the request during Thursday’s special meeting.

Interim Director of Pupil Services Ruth Nelson said the grant was opened last week and that the district is focusing on grades two through five with an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) content areas.

She said the funding is expected to be awarded on Oct. 1.

“The purpose of the 21CCLC grant program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools with academic enrichment opportunities by expanding learning opportunities during non-school hours, along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program,” according to an executive summary prepared for the meeting.

The program has been held at Allegheny Valley Elementary School, Sugar Grove Elementary School, Tidioute Community Charter School, Youngsville Elementary/Middle School and Warren Area Elementary Center. Approximately 130 students participated at the five sites, with 70 of those students at WAEC.

A change in site locations could be in the work.

“The district administration is proposing a submission to continue and expand the current 21CCLC after school program at Eisenhower Elementary, Youngsville Elementary/Middle, and Allegheny Valley Elementary Schools, as well as the Warren Area Elementary Center,” according to the program’s summary, which made no mention of continuing the program at TCCS.

The summary also outlines some of the district’s requirements to run the program.

“The grant requires at least one substantial partner in the project, who will be involved in both the planning and administration of the after-school programming. The grant also requires a full-time program coordinator, clerical support, and an outside evaluator. Each position will be funded through the grant. The funder requires mandatory travel to conferences and trainings, which will also be funded through the grant,” according to the summary.

The grant will be awarded in amounts varying from $50,000 to $500,000 and for up to three years.