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Oregon and Meridian School Districts Join Forces to Apply for State Grants

Oregon, IL –Educational funding is tough to come by in the State of Illinois today due to numerous financial factors. The Oregon and Meridian School Districts aren't letting that stop them from exploring new ways to obtain the funding they need to help their students achieve excellence in the classroom. The two rural Northern Illinois school districts have joined forces to apply for a Title III grant, which individually they couldn't qualify for and that would benefit both school districts.

 "Neither of our two school districts had enough students in the English as a Second Language programs to meet the number to qualify for the federal grant program," said Glen Majewski

Oregon School District English Language Learners Director. "By combining our efforts and signing a District Consortium agreement we now have the chance to get funding that can make a real positive difference in our student's education."

If the grants are awarded to Oregon and Meridian, the funds could be used in a variety of ways. Purchasing new books, helping fund bilingual parent organizations and teacher development are just some of the areas that could benefit from the extra funding.

 "If the grants come through it will benefit both school district," pointed out Majewski. "This is a great example of two school districts working together in a way that will benefit their students and their communities."            

Majewski adds the Title III grant application should be completed by May, and the two school districts hope to get word of possible approval in August.

Written By:  Bob Ryder/KMK Media Group