Storm Lake is one of only five school districts in Iowa to be approved for a major state grant for its before and after school programs, the Iowa Department of Education announced Wednesday.
The school district will receive $136,500 to continue and expand upon its successful programs. The legislature in 2007 appropriated funds to enhance before-and-after school efforts in order to enhance student academic performance.
The one-time-only funds are provided for the coming school year in hopes that communities will continue the investment beyond the term of the state funding.
Storm Lake was given the second-highest grant from the state. Funds can be used at the elementary, middle or high school level.
Storm Lake, which pioneered elementary and middle school programs several years ago, was also named to be the recipient of a federal grant for before and after school programs in July. That funding, from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, will provide $146,800 for one Storm Lake program. The district was one of only four school districts in Iowa to be given federal funds for such programs.
The awards come as a welcome relief to local education officials. Although the before and after school programs have received excellent response from students and families, and are contributing to academic success for a number of students, local leaders had feared that with financial limitations, they might have to be scaled back.