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TIF, Race to the Top grant updates detailed

Bellefontaine Schools Board of Education members heard updates during their Monday evening meeting regarding the implementation of two of the district’s federally competitive grants, the Teacher Incentive Fund and Race to the Top.

As for the five-year TIF grant, Bellefontaine is one of 24 Ohio school districts that has been selected to receive these funds.

During January, the board accepted TIF funds totaling $95,922, including $26,300 in salaries and $56,828 in purchased services, for the initial grant period that runs through September.

Some of the goals of the grant include graduating all students ready for college or career, achieve college attendance and completion rates among the nation’s highest, and eliminate achievement gaps among under-represented groups, including minorities and students living in poverty.

To achieve these results, Superintendent Beth Harman noted that TIF emphasizes that strong, effective teachers can have the most significant impact on students.

“The guiding premise of this grant is ‘good teachers produce good results,’ ” she said.

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