Peñasco N.M. School District Announces $200,000 Grant Award

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Monday, May 21, 2012

The Peñasco Independent School District has announced the award of a $200,000 grant that will help the district prepare students for college and careers over the next three years.

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (Gear Up) grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Education through the New Mexico Higher Education Department, will target students in grades 7-12.

According to information from the U.S. Department of Education, participating schools are low-income and have a “high percentage of low-performing, minority students.” Districts receiving the Gear Up grants will seek to establish rigorous programs focusing on college- and career-readiness, close the “equity gap” in graduation from high school, increase students’ success during their first year of college and bolster programs “that work for minority students.”

Peñasco Superintendent Jeanelle Livingston said the district is still in the process of negotiating with the Higher Education Department about the use of the grant in Peñasco, but much of it will be used to hire supplemental staff.

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