Governor McAuliffe Awards Extended Year & Year-Round School Grants for 66 Schools in 11 Divisions
Governor Terry McAuliffe has awarded more than $7.7 million in grants to support the development and implementation of year-round and extended year instructional programs in 66 schools in 11 school divisions.
The Extended School Year Grant Program was created by the 2013 General Assembly in response to a Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission study that found that achievement of historically underperforming students improved faster in extended programs than in schools following traditional calendars.
“Since the Extended School Year Grant Program began, the evidence has demonstrated that that year-round and other extended learning programs can make a real difference in our effort to narrow achievement gaps and ensure that all children in the commonwealth possess the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the 21st-century global economy,” McAuliffe said. “These grants will assist school divisions as they further implement these programs and ensure that every Virginia student can get a world class education in a public school.”
For example, since A.P. Hill Elementary in Petersburg first implemented a year-round program in 2014-2015, the percentage of students demonstrating proficiency in reading has risen by 30 points, from 56 percent to 86 percent. The pass rate in mathematics at the school has climbed 33 points, from 58 percent to 91 percent. A.P. Hill Elementary students have also achieved double-digit gains in science and history.
“Too often, the summer slide experienced by students in challenged schools results in principals and teachers having to start almost at square one to hold onto gains made during the previous year,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “While year-round education is not a silver bullet, the successes of A.P. Hill Elementary and other schools show that extended learning is an innovation that can improve student outcomes.”
First- and second-year start-up grants were awarded to support new and existing year-round or extended year programs in the following divisions and schools:
- Bristol — $230,341 for existing programs at Highland View Elementary, Joseph Van Pelt Elementary, Stonewall Jackson Elementary and Washington-Lee Elementary
- Henrico County – $640,656 for existing programs at Baker Elementary, John Rolfe Middle, Varina High, Brookland Middle, Fairfield Middle and the College Readiness Center at L. Douglas Wilder Middle
- Loudoun County — $137,771 for an existing program at Middleburg Community Charter School
- Lynchburg — $921,248 for existing programs at Bedford Hills Elementary, Dearington Elementary, E.C. Glass High, Heritage Elementary, Heritage High, Hutcherson Early Learning Center, Linkhorne Elementary, Linkhorne Middle, P.L. Dunbar Middle, Paul Munro Elementary, Perrymont Elementary, R.S. Payne Elementary, Sandusky Elementary, Sandusky Middle, Sheffield Elementary, T.C. Miller Elementary and William Marvin Bass Elementary
- Manassas Park — $300,000 for existing programs at Cougar Elementary, Manassas Park Elementary, Manassas Park Middle and Manassas Park High
- Newport News — $2.7 million for new programs at Carver Elementary, Epes Elementary, Hidenwood Elementary, Lee Hall Elementary and Palmer Elementary; and existing programs at Jenkins Elementary, Newsome Park Elementary and Sedgefield Elementary
- Petersburg — $700,000 for existing programs at A.P. Hill Elementary and Peabody Middle
- Radford — $212,240 for existing programs at Belle Heth Elementary, Dalton Intermediate and Radford High
- Roanoke — $1.6 million for new programs at Fairview Elementary, Fishburn Park Elementary and Monterey Elementary; and for existing programs at Fallon Park Elementary, Garden City Elementary, Hurt Park Elementary, Lincoln Terrace Elementary, Roanoke Academy for Math and Science, and Westside Elementary
- Rockingham County — $270,349 for new programs at Mountain View Elementary and Fulks Run Elementary
Extended year planning grants were awarded to the following divisions to support the development of new year-round programs:
- Carroll County — $44,000 for new programs at Carroll County High, Carroll County Middle, Fancy Gap Elementary, Gladesboro Elementary, Gladeville Elementary, Hillsville Elementary, Laurel Elementary, Oakland Elementary, St. Paul School and the Regional Alternate Education Center
The 2016 General Assembly authorized $7,150,000 in start-up grants of up to $300,000 per school — $400,000 for schools denied accreditation — for up to two years after the initial implementation of an extended year program. The legislature also approved $613,312 for planning grants of up to $50,000 per division. The 2017 Appropriation Act requires that in awarding the planning grants, priority be given to schools based on need, relative to state accreditation ratings.