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Schools get grants for after-school
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One grant recently awarded to the school district will be bigger and more inclusive, and three more grants will be completely new and even larger.

Newton County School System (NCSS) accepted four grants to provide operational capabilities for the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC), totaling $1,497,392. The Georgia Department of Education provided the grants.

In 2012, NCSS received a federal grant to create after-school programs for 250 students at Alcovy High, Clements Middle, Cousins, Middle, Liberty Middle and Veterans Memorial Middle schools. One grant is a continuation of that funding in the amount of $447,392. Three new grants were also awarded to expand 21st CCLC services to 450 additional students at Newton High, Eastside High, Indian Creek Middle, Fairview Elementary, Flint Hill Elementary, Middle Ridge Elementary, Porterdale Elementary and West Newton Elementary schools and the Washington Street Community Center.

The program will address students’ needs based on data such as county growth rates, numbers of economically disadvantaged students, Georgia Milestones and EOC scores, schools discipline and juvenile court referrals and teen pregnancies and STD rates.

The grant will provide additional opportunities for academic enrichment, remediation and credit recovery, a safe place to spend after school hours, counseling and instruction in life, work and study skills and opportunities for parents to become more involved in their children’s education, according to a memo to the Board of Education from the superintendent.