Thursday, November 20, 2003
A $105,500 grant will enable the North Routt Community Charter School to expand its resources and continue to fulfill its long-term vision, the school's director said.
The school was awarded a Title V startup and implementation grant for charter schools from the state Department of Education.
"It's very exciting," Director Mary Bramer said. "That's a lot of money for us. It means we're able to continue with our vision (for the school)."
This year is the last during which the school is eligible for the start up and implementation grant. State charter schools can apply for the funding for up to three years after they've been established.
The largest portion of the $105,500 grant is earmarked for the creation of a school library. Bramer said the school hoped to convert the old teacher's residence adjacent to the main schoolhouse into a school library.
"We don't have a regular library," Bramer said. "We are creating a school library that will have a regular collection of reference, fiction and nonfiction books."
The school and community members also are working with Bud Werner Memorial Library to make the library a community facility with computer workstations and books for readers of all ages.
Bramer said she hoped the library could be open at times when school isn't necessarily in session. Though a library committee has been formed, Bramer admits there's still a lot of work to do.
Construction on the school library probably won't begin until winter ends, she said.
Portions of the grant will be used for instructional materials, professional staff development, curriculum design and technology.
The 23-student school in Clark recently upgraded its technology with the addition of four iMac computer workstations, each connected to the Internet via a wireless network. The school plans to upgrade its software and add a couple more computers.
Steamboat Springs School District grant writer Lynne Myers was instrumental in helping the school secure the grant, Bramer said.
"She was a great help to us," Bramer said. "She spent a lot of time with me working on the grant."
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