The Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Champion will focus on improving students’ overall health and wellness to raise achievement with a $297,841 grant from the inaugural Straight A Fund Grant program.
The program will award $88.6 million statewide to school districts and collaborations with colleges, universities, businesses and other institutions to “reduce costs and transform learning,” according to a press release from the Straight A Fund Governing Board.
The board has recommended the funding for TCTC and 23 other applicants. The recommendations go to the Ohio Controlling Board for final approval Dec. 16.
The TCTC proposal stressed that health and wellness are central to student achievement, so the money will be used to increase the nutritious offerings available in the school- lunch program, create opportunities for physical activity before, during and after school in a new exercise-science classroom and raise student and staff awareness about the importance of a healthful lifestyle.
The projects involve more than 150 entities either alone or in concert with other organizations. There were 420 organizations that submitted 570 applications, the board said.
The $250 million Straight A Fund was created in the new state budget signed this summer by Gov. John R. Kasich. A new round of funding will be next year.
Among the larger grants were ones to coalitions in Hamilton, Franklin and Lucas counties, which received nearly $15 million each. No other projects in the Mahoning Valley other than TCTC were funded.
The full list of grants is available at https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Straight-A-Fund/Straight-A-GrantFinalists.pdf.aspx.
Members of the governing board are Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, chairman; Ross; state Rep. Gerald Stebelton of Lancaster, R-5th; state Rep. Andrew Brenner of Powell, R-67th; state Sen. Peggy Lehner of Kettering, R-6th; Kristina Phillips-Schwartz, director of education initiatives at the Cincinnati Business Committee; and Supt. John Scheu of the Sidney City School District.