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Muscogee Co. Schools receives $1.7 million for BRAC

Press Release

COLUMBUS, GA  -  Students, educators, and parents in the Muscogee County School District will reap the benefits of $1,734,508 dollars provided by a Department of Defense Education Activity grant. 

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) is expected to bring thousands of additional military students to the district. The school district anticipates approximately 4,000 new students. 

According to a recent survey, the highest priorities for military parents are: curriculum, placement, graduation obstacles and emotional stress. 

As a result, educators need alternative instructional methods, particularly in technology use, to assist with student learning.  The needs are particularly urgent for economically disadvantaged  students, and students with disabilities.

Grant funds will be used to create a podcast library that teachers, students, and parents can use to enhance student learning opportunities, achievement, and professional development for educators.

Students will also use podcasts to learn new material and reinforce prior learning.  The grant targets students of parents who are military employees, but allows use by all students in the schools. 

Parents will be able to view or participate in graduation ceremonies, classroom activities, and current events using podcasts.

The grant will be implemented in eleven eligible schools (15% military enrollment and target schools that meet the academic criteria required to receive the grant) over a three year period.

Target Schools

Blanchard Elementary                                River Road Elementary
Dawson Elementary                                   Fort Middle
Double Churches Elementary                     Kendrick High
Gentian Elementary                                    Shaw High
Georgetown Elementary                            Spencer High
River Road Elementary

By June 2012, the goal is to have students in the target schools achieve the following:

♦80% of the students will "meet" or "exceed" requirements to pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT)

♦Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) and End of Course Test (EOCT) in the core academic areas

♦90% will demonstrate proficiency with 21st Century Technology

♦All students and parents will be comfortable in an academic environment that promotes  emotional security and supports the parent, school, student relationship.

Source: Muscogee County Schools

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