The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative Personalized Learning Network was awarded $15 million from the "Straight A Fund" through the Ohio Department of Education. The grant money will go towards helping students become more successful in post-secondary education and expanding the use of technology in the classroom. At a press conference held at WMHS, superintendent of public instruction, Dr. Richard Ross explained the Straight A Fund came about after talking with principals, teachers and superintendents.
"It was approved by the legislature with $250 million to really build on the premises that power comes from bubbling up from the local level to the classrooms, the school buildings, rather than prescriptions coming from Columbus or Washington that really aren't nearly as effective when held by the local folks that are conceiving them," Ross explained.
Ross, says over 500 applications were submitted to be considered for the grant money, but only 24 were approved.
"instead of just issuing grants, the districts, the applicants had to show us they could sustain them for five years and that was different. We lost 40 percent of our applications because they couldn't meet that criteria."
Northern Local Schools will also receive a portion of the $15 million. The Straight A Fund was added into the state budget that was signed by Governor Kasich earlier in the year.