Low achieving school qualifies Grandview for additional state funding

GRANDVIEW - Grandview School Board of Directors Monday night gave the thumbs up for Supt. Kevin Chase to move forward with applying for a school improvement grant.

According to Matt Mallory, Grandview Middle School has been identified as a low achieving school, along with 29 other schools in the state. As a result, Grandview now qualifies for the grant funds.

Mallory said school improvement grants are usually three-year grants. "And there's usually a person from the state that comes and works in the building for two or three days a week."

Mallory said the grant features four options and the school district must articulate its choice in the application.

The choices were to close the school and turn it into a charter school, close it and turn it over to outside management, eliminate what appears to be ineffective staff, including the building principal, or attempt to transform the educational process in the school.

Mallory said officials chose the last option.

"It builds on what we're already doing," Mallory said.

He said school officials will determine this week how much school improvement funding to ask for, and the maximum amount that can be requested is $750,000.


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