The Schenectady City School District is receiving a $2.45 million grant to create a health center at Lincoln Elementary School and offer extra academic help for students, the state Education Department announced today.
The School Innovation Fund grant award from the state’s Race to the Top funding is provided to districts to increase high school graduation rates and students’ college and career readiness.
To receive the grant, districts had to submit a plan to the state and partner with one or multiple organizations.
Schenectady plans to work with Ellis Medicine, the Capital Area School Development Association and the Child Guidance Center (a program of Northeast Parent and Child Society) to create a school-based health center, provide on-site counseling and mental health services, assist parents with career skills, offer extra education for students with more learning needs and create youth development, leadership and academic enrichment programs.
Schenectady is one of three school districts in the state that has been awarded a grant.
“We’re putting School Innovation Fund grants into schools where students need the most support,” state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. said in a press release. “The goal of the Board of Regents reform agenda is to make sure every student in New York graduates from high school with the skills to succeed in college and careers. These grants will help move us closer to that goal.”
Lincoln Elementary School is located on Robinson Street in the city’s Central State neighborhood.