Apr 11, 2013 2:52 PM by MTN News
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced on Thursday the award of 25 grants to Montana schools to increase the number of Montana students who graduate from high school.
The grants, totaling $165,000, will support Graduation Matters initiatives across the state.
A press release from Juneau's office states that Great Falls Public Schools will receive $10,000 to support the efforts of Graduation Matters Great Falls.
Other communities in the KRTV viewing area receiving grants are: Box Elder, $5,000; Browning, $10,000; Havre, $5,000; Helena, $4,000; and Lewistown, $4,000.
The Montana Office of Public Instruction was awarded $450,000 over three years from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to support Graduation Matters initiatives.
Graduation Matters Great Falls set a goal to reduce the percentage of students that drop out from 5.1% to 3.2%, and reduce the number of students that are credit deficient from 263 students to 131 students by 2015.
Great Falls plans to use their grant funds to launch a media awareness campaign in the Fall and host a middle school career fair for 8th-graders to help students develop career goals and begin making plans regarding the education needed to achieve those goals.
Here is the distribution of the $165,000:
Box Elder, $5,000
Columbia Falls, $8,295
Great Falls, $10,000
Miles City, $10,000
St. Ignatius, $5,000
Thompson Falls, $5,000