Polk County Schools gets new grant for tutoring, not after school programs

Published 6:05 pm Monday, September 21, 2009

Miller says the district expects to learn more details about the grant soon after talking with state officials in Raleigh. Although he believes the grant will not support after school enrichment opportunities, he says it will at least allow Polk County to offer tutorial assistance.

&dquo;It&squo;s good news for kids who need extra help with their school work,&dquo; says Miller.

After-school tutoring probably will be available at each school, or at least the elementary schools, he says. Miller says he expects the tutoring program will get started within the next couple months.

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In 2005, Polk County Schools received $1.3 million to provide over four years a variety of after school and summer school enrichment programs in partnership with many community organizations. Many students participated in the programs; however, that money ran out this year.

Polk applied for more funds to continue the programs, but because of the nature of budget cycles, did not receive grant notification until now.