Massena Central School and SLC Youth Bureau eye $675,000 grant to help at-risk elementary students
Friday, January 18, 2013 - 9:20 am

MASSENA -- Massena Central School District and the St. Lawrence County Youth Bureau are considering applying for a $675,000 New York State Education Department grant to help some of the community’s most at-risk elementary school students.

At the regular Massena Central School District Board of Education meeting Thursday, Youth Bureau Director Joanne Sevick made the proposal, which could bring in $135,000 per year for five years to support an extended school day program and summer college for district’s most at-risk students in grades 3-6, according to a news release from the district. The program would serve 90 students in an academic year extended day component and 90 students in a summer college component.

Elementary school administrators would recommend for the program those students who are not meeting proficiency standards or at risk of academic failure. The grant would fully pay for staff, teaching supplies, transportation, and maintenance and operation costs.

The state offers competitive grants through its 21st Century Community Learning Center program to provide academic enrichment and youth development opportunities during an extended school day to students in K-12 as well as offering literacy and related educational development opportunities for families of students served through the program.

The joint proposal would provide students and their families tutoring/mentoring, counseling, summer enrichment, service coordination, truancy prevention, family development, service learning, and targeted programs in science, technology, engineering and math.

“Joanne and the Youth Bureau have been faithful supporters of our school district through programs such as the Youth Conservation Corps and by providing a teacher assistant liaison in out alt. ed. program,” said School Superintendent Roger Clough, II, according to the release.

“I am encouraged by the way this has come together and am hoping to hear we will receive the funding,” Clough said.