Apr 11, 2013 4:12 PM
HELENA - Bozeman Public Schools is getting $8,000 for Graduation Matters.
Twenty five grants, totally $165,000, were awarded to Montana schools for Graduation Matters initiatives across the state, according to a press release from Superintendent Denise Juneau's office.
The Office of Public Instruction was awarded $450,000 over three years from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to support community-based Graduation Matters initiatives. In addition, State Farm Insurance granted the OPI $15,000 to add to the GMM Challenge Fund Grants this year.
Graduation Matters Bozeman has set a goal of reducing its dropout rate by 10 percent and reducing the amount of students who are credit deficient by 30 percent by the end of the 2013-2014 school year, the release states.
In the first year of the Challenge Fund grant, Graduation Matters communities have focused on identifying students most at risk of dropping out, developing new dropout prevention strategies and interventions, building community support, and offering students college and career exploration opportunities.
For additional information about Graduation Matters Montana and a list of other communities receiving Challenge Fund grants, go to: http://graduationmatters.mt.gov/press