Three Indiana school corporations have been awarded a total of $750,000 in Ready Schools Implementation grants by Bloomington-based Regional Opportunity Initiatives Inc. The school districts plan to use a portion of the funding to support strategic plans with Pre-K initiatives, with a focus on STEM curricula, project-based learning, career awareness activities and skill development.
The recipients include Linton-Stockton School Corp in Greene County, Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corp in Monroe County and White River Valley School District in Greene County. Each will receive $250,000.
Plans call for the schools to implement student pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science.
“Over this past year, Linton-Stockton, Richland-Bean Blossom, and White River Valley have done incredible work to engage their communities and collaborate with their stakeholders in the Ready Schools process,” said ROI President and CEO Tina Peterson. “These school districts have fully embraced their roles in the economic success of their communities and the Indiana Uplands region. We are proud to award these implementation grants.”
Peterson says with the addition of the three districts, ROI’s education and workforce initiatives will involve more than 32,000 students.
The implementation grant phase follows a 10-month development grant to support the design process to build a framework to help students prepare by aligning educational offerings in the Indiana Uplands, an 11-county region that includes Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen and Washington counties.
A complete description of each Ready Schools phase can be found here.