Hire eight graduation coaches to help the most at-risk students complete high school. $1.9 million.
The school board approved the grant Mania and her team put together.
The grant must be submitted by the Oct. 26.
Grant winners will be announced by the end of the year.
“I'm really proud of the team effort that came together with Race to the Top,” Superintendent Karl Springer said.
The board approved the preliminary design report for John W. Rex Elementary, the downtown charter school. The building will be about 79,000 square feet and can accommodate 500 students. The project was originally expected to cost $9 million. The new estimate is $14,250,000 — $12 million in public funding and $2,250,000 from private sources. Construction is expected to run from April through July 2014.
The board approved a contract with MetroTech for a dropout recovery and prevention program. Students will earn a diploma while learning trade skills. The program costs $500,000.
The board awarded several contracts, including: