Rural education funds 'level playing field' for 8 area school districts

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

L-M, AC-T, Aurelia top $30,000 in funding, as 'vital community centers'

More than 160 small and high poverty rural school districts will receive $4.4 million in federal funds.

The U.S. Department of Education released $4,415,793 to 161 school districts through the Rural Education Achievement Program.

"Rural schools are often a focal point in Iowa's small towns and it's important they have the resources they need to thrive," Sen. Charles Grassley said. "This funding will provide an important boost to these communities and help level the playing field for rural schools."

The program provides extra funding and flexibility in the use of certain federal funds to rural school districts in need.

"Many of these schools have a tough time funding the resources needed to provide the best education for every child," Sen. Tom Harkin said. "The funds will help schools train teachers, update technology and improve curriculum."

Grassley has been a supporter of this program and in April signed a letter Senate appropriator urging them to fully fund this program to the $300 million authorized level in the upcoming fiscal year.

Here are the local funding awards:

* Albert City-Truesdale Community School District - $31,309

* Alta Community Schools - $20,435

* Aurelia Community Schools - $34,210

* Galva-Holstein Community Schools - $26,466

* Laurens-Marathon Community School District - $42,167

* Newell-Fonda Community Schools - $25,582

* Schaller-Crestland Community Schools - $29,578

* Sioux Central Community Schools (Sioux Rapids) - $24,380

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