Funding for after-school programs in five area schools in jeopardy
After-school funding (May 22, 2013)
The grant primarily funds after-school academic and enrichment activities for students.
Funding for programs at Pellston Middle School, Alanson Public Schools K-8, Boyne City Elementary School, East Jordan Elementary School and Ellsworth Public Schools K-8, is currently in the last year of a five-year grant cycle. Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District has re-applied on behalf of these districts, but a shortage of federal funding and a change in funding prioritization have put the funds in jeopardy, according to Char-Em Assistant Superintendent Jeff Crouse.
“The federal funds for these programs have been cut more than in half, and now the application process is giving priority to districts with high poverty numbers and with low academic performance,” Crouse said. “Even though we have been used as a training model for innovative programming and how to administer this grant program, the good work we have done for the past five years will not be taken into consideration. We start with a clean slate.”
The programs state-wide have been prioritized for funding. They will be funded in that funding order, until the funds are gone. The Char-Em programs are right on the edge of being funded or not.
“The information on whether or not we will be funded has been changing hourly,” Crouse said.
Char-Em Superintendent Rick Diebold said that discussions between these schools and Char-Em personnel have begun trying to find alternate funding to save some of the programs, if, in fact, they are not funded.