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City schools grants


The Ohio Department of Education awarded Youngstown School District $615,310 to improve leadership and boost family and community engagement.

The School Improvement Grants were awarded for three elementary schools – Harding, $125,000; Martin Luther King, $115,810; and Williamson, $125,000 – and East High, $249,500. Each grant is for one year.

The grants for the three elementary schools are to improve building leadership to bolster student results. East’s grant is to improve family and community engagement.

SIG is a federal program administered through the state. Grants are awarded through a competitive process.

After-school funding


The Center for Human Services Development at Youngstown State University has received two 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants totaling $1.7 million.

The grants from the U.S. Department of Education fund after-school programs at Girard Intermediate/Prospect Elementary and Girard Junior-Senior High.

The programs in Girard began in mid-October and operate Mondays through Fridays through May and also include a summer component. Both programs have literacy, math, youth development and family engagement components, as well as a college and career readiness focus. Students are provided a snack daily, transportation home and field trips.

The grants will fund the programs for five years. The YSU Center also runs after-school programs at Brookfield, Campbell and Liberty’s E.J. Blott elementaries and in the East Liverpool School District.

Warren house fire


A mother and her three children escaped unharmed from a house fire at 1172 McKinley St. NE Monday morning. It apparently began because of a defective chimney liner, fire Chief Ken Nussle said. The fire caused minor damage.

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