A Community Schools Grant Initiative of nearly 1.5 million dollars has been awarded to the Geneva City School District to help provide funding for the next three years. The funds will be split equally between Geneva High, Geneva Middle and North Street School. West Street School received a half million dollars from the same grant program for the 2013 to 2016 school years.
The Community Schools Grant initiative was created by the governor to help support students and families in neighborhoods where income levels lag behind the average. The city's median household income of just over 37 thousand dollars is about 19 thousand dollars less than the state and county average. 63 percent of students in the city school districts qualify for Free and Reduced lunches.
North Street's plan for their award is to provide for a half-time program coordinator, a part-time school counselor to provide service to students and develop individual learning plans. They will also designate a full-time character education teacher. The middle school expects to fund a project coordinator and math teacher for small group instruction working with targeted students. The high school plans to provide a half-time program coordinator and a full-time family service coordinator.
Governor Cuomo says the grant funding will help to "transform schools in distressed neighborhoods into community institutions that bridge the gaps that too often keep our kids from reaching their full potential." The funding says Cuomo "will empower the schools to go above and beyond to meet the needs of our students."