CCS to apply for federal grant

Ohio was awarded $132 million in School Improvement Grant (SIG) money from the U.S. Department of Education. The award is part of $3.5 billion set aside in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and the federal budget.

“We’re grateful for these federal resources, which will greatly improve the ability of our lowest-performing schools to develop a strategy for improvement that fits their unique circumstances,” said Governor Ted Strickland.

CCS will apply on behalf of seven of its schools for federal money from the SIG grants. Each school can be awarded up to a total of $2 million per year for up to three years. Eligible schools include: Alum Crest HS, Champion MS, Columbus Global Academy, Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, Southmoor MS, Weinland Park ES and West HS.

During the following weeks, each school will develop its own plan and goals through the School Leadership Team in partnership with CCS. Senior FRs and principals will meet on Tuesday, Apr.13, to begin the process. Ohio school districts have until Apr. 30 to submit their applications. The Ohio Department of Education will announce in June which districts’ applications have been approved.