Local School Grants Announced

James L. Seward

December 15, 2008

ONEONTA, 12/15/08 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C – Oneonta) today announced that four local schools have received mini-grants from the Rural Education Advisory Committee.

“Assisting schools with funding of this nature enhances programs for students and does so without raising local taxes,” said Senator Seward. “This is a win-win situation, especially in these trying economic times when schools are struggling with the bottom line.”

Local grant recipients are: 
        SCHOOL DISTRICT                    PROGRAM TITLE                           AMOUNT 
        Milford CSD                               Building Bridges                            $2,784 
        Mount Markham Elementary     Organic Garden Project                 $3,000 
        Sherburne-Earlville CSD           Community/School Connections     $3,000 
                                                         for Literacy Success 
        Worcester Central School         Know Your Local History                 $3,000

The Rural Education Advisory Committee was created in 1990 through legislation advanced by the bipartisan Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. The grants were made possible by a senate legislative appropriation in the 2008-2009 budget.

Thirty five innovative instructional programs were selected out of the ninety five applications submitted by rural school districts statewide. The maximum award for each project is $3,000 to be matched by local in kind and cash contributions.