Students in our area will experience new opportunities for learning thanks to over 16 million dollars in Innovative Grants awarded through Ohio’s Race to the Top Initiative. In our area the Zanesville City Schools and the Muskingum Valley Stemm Academy Collaborative will share $750,000, the Maysville Local Schools received just over $561,000 and Crooksville, Morgan and New Lexington School districts will share $561,000 dollars. The money for the Zanesville City School District will be start-up funds for a new high school that will be located in the old Grover Cleveland School site that will start in 2012. Between now and then organizers will focus on getting teachers ready and the needed equipment for the operation. The new high school will be targeted toward kids with potential, but who need a more hands on learning experience. Each school district has specific plans for their allotted funds.