This was a good week for the Red River Parish School Board. They were awarded $214,757.00 in federal grants to help our schools. The Journal reported over the past year that the board was making application for the grants. This week they were awarded.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted on Wednesday to allocate Red River Parish $120,514.00 for a program to implement initiatives to improve the reading and writing skills of struggling students. The money comes from the Struggling Readers Comprehensive Literacy program. It is a three-year, $55,500.000.00 federal grant to the state. The money Red River was awarded comes from the first year allocation.
The other award was recently approved by the Louisiana Department of Education and is part of grants to 19 school systems in the state. The education department said they are for a renewed approach to school turnaround in the area of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a federal program. The grant of $94,243.00 to Red River Parish schools was part of an $8,000,000.00 funding package approved by the BESE board at it’s meeting this week.