Schoharie School In Line For Challenge Grant

James L. Seward

December 12, 2007

Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School is one of several rural schools in line for funding from the state senate through the Rural Education Advisory Committee, Senator James L. Seward said today.

The school will receive $ 185 for its transition team initiative, intended to offer incoming freshmen academic and social support in their move to a high school setting. Incoming high school freshmen will meet with faculty to discuss setting goals in high school, problems and concerns about their step into the high school environment. Topics will include health and wellness, accepting responsibility, consequences and conflict.

"The senate funding helps provide targeted programs for students in our rurals," Senator Seward said. "It flows from the work of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, which has a specific mandate to develop policies and identify solutions to problems faced by rural communities."

Twenty seven innovative instructional projects were selected out of the 43 applications submitted by rural school districts. The maximum award for each project is $2,500, which must be matched by local contributions. The goal of the awards is to support enhanced educational opportunities for students and families in deserving rural schools.

The committee was created in 1990 and the grants are funded by the state senate in the current state budget.