Apr 11, 2013 2:52 PM by MTN News

Graduation Matters awards $10K for Great Falls schools

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:

Anaconda, $10,000
Belgrade, $5,000
Billings, $5,000
Box Elder, $5,000
Bozeman, $8,000
Browning, $10,000
Columbia Falls, $8,295
Corvallis, $5,000
Great Falls, $10,000
Hamilton, $5,000
Hardin, $5,000
Havre, $5,000
Helena, $4,000
Kalispell, $10,000
Laurel, $8,000
Lewistown, $4,000
Lincoln, $5,000
Livingston, $10,000
Miles City, $10,000
Missoula, $5,000
Polson, $5,000
St. Ignatius, $5,000
Stevensville, $8,000
Thompson Falls, $5,000
Townsend, $5,000

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