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Council Discusses 60K School Grants

Hollywood Elementary School

In the FY2013 adopted budget, the City Council allocated $60,000 in its FY13 adopted budget for educational initiatives and requested that the Education Advisory Committee (EAC) provide recommendations regarding the disbursement.

In last night’s Council worksession, Mayor and Council discussed how to distribute this money among various schools where College Park students attend.

In 2008, the City Council initiated the award of educational grants to public schools that College Park children attend. For FY13, the Council has increased the amount available for educational initiatives from $25,000 to $60,000.

The EAC recommends the following:

  • $30,000 to four schools where 71% of College Park students attend. The schools receiving awards are Hollywood Elementary, Paint Branch Elementary, Greenbelt Middle and Parkdale High School. Each school will receive $7,500 non-competitive grants .
  • EAC also recommends a total of $17,500 towards individual competitive school grants to other schools where at least 14 College Park youth attends. These schools are Cherokee Lane, Berwyn Heights, University Park, Frances Fuchs, Hyattsville Middle, Buck Lodge and High Point High School. In this category, each school will receive up to $2,500.
  • Additionally, EAC’s recommendations include $ 6,600 for Scholarships to UM summer educational camps for elementary, middle and high school College Park students
  • EAC is recommending $ 5,900 for additional educational initiatives that would benefit the public schools and College Park youth.
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