CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- A consortium of area school districts was among 37 applicants awarded a Straight "A" innovation grant on Monday.
The Noble Local School District spear-headed the grant application on behalf of more than 25 area school districts and educational entities. The $1.8 million grant will fund a transportation study meant to streamline bussing and reduce costs to the involved districts. Noble Local Superintendent Dan Leffingwell told AVC News that the project will begin this fall:
Also included in the consortium are: Rolling Hills, Cambridge City, East Guernsey Local, Caldwell Exempted Village, Barnesville Exempted Village, Switzerland of Ohio Local, St. Clairsville-Richland
City, Bellaire Local, Union Local, Toronto City, Shadyside Local, Northern Local, Bridgeport Exempted Village, Indian Creek Local, Edison Local, Buckeye Local, Martins Ferry Local, Harrison Hills City, Steubenville City, Jefferson County ESC, Muskingum Valley ESC, Ohio Valley ESC, East Central Ohio ESC, Ohio University Voinovich Center, Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and OMERESA.
Leffingwell said that the Straight "A" grant will have an impact on more than 30,000 area students:
The Ohio Department of Education says grants totaling $144.6 million were recommended by the Straight A Governing Board for funding in fiscal year 2015. The Ohio Controlling Board approved the expenditures Monday.
About 662 organizations applied for the "Straight A Fund" grants from the fund created to promote innovative local ideas and programs to help modernize Ohio's education system.
The fund was created in the state budget signed last summer by Kasich. More than 150 entities received $100 million last year.