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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Oswayo Valley, Austin, Galeton and Northern Potter Schools Get Technology Grant

Potter Co. Schools Get Grant Money

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today announced a $292,706 Department of Education Grant to four area school districts: Oswayo Valley, Austin, Galeton and Northern Potter.

“These funds come under the Improving Literacy through School Libraries program,” said Thompson. “It is a highly competitive program and it says a lot for these school systems that they collaborated to obtain this grant and achieve their goal of helping 1727 rural, underserved students in kindergarten through 12th grade.”

C. Robert Wicker, superintendent of the the Oswayo Valley Area School District, said, “This federal funding will improve student performance on federal/commonwealth assessments; make possible the enriched delivery of family literacy programs; and enable our districts to increase community access to and employment of library text/technology resources.”

Superintendents Matthew Hutcheson, Austin, David Wishard, Galeton, and Scott Graham, Northern Potter said the funds will address child/adult illiteracy, train librarians and teachers, and teach both students and adults to access the Internet. They said it will help mothers and fathers learn to read to their children and help update library collections.

14 comments :

Anonymous said...

I hope this is put to good use and just not made to look good on paper. I have seen kids from austin that can't read or write get a diploma.

Anonymous said...

Why do you have to take a positive thing and turn it into a negative thing? Why is Austin always made to look bad?

Anonymous said...

What happened to Coudersport? I bet the Super was busy giving out raises as we lost our jobs. This says alot about our kids education, all by Coudersport.

Anonymous said...

coudersport got its grants two years ago but it didnt do much. they got apple computers that no one likes or knows how to use.

Anonymous said...

coudy super is too worried about trying to get a contract extension already. they cut technology funding.

Anonymous said...

Maybe because these are the schools that hired the expensive grant writer from Buffalo to write their grants????

Anonymous said...

To the poster at 8:53,

Just in case you are unaware, Austin is one of the leading schools in this area as far as the CFF program goes. Other schools have simply been using the active boards as white boards but Austin puts the to use in everyday lessons as well as the laptops and other equipment.

Oh, and another thing. Every student is required to pass the pssa's taken in the 11th grade in order to graduate. I'm pretty sure you have to read AND write in order to even take the test.

I suggest you know a little something before you trash talk about it.

Anonymous said...

Many students from all schools are getting diplomas that surely don't deserve them. It will one day come back to slap the schools in the butt for pushing the not so nice students through just to get rid of them. Much easier than taking control of the situation and demanding good ethics and behavior.

Anonymous said...

I was told Austin's superintendent gets paid to drive to work.WTF is this true??

Anonymous said...

First of all i went to school in austin and saw it first hand.Many times i saw students getting (help) with tests.Then years later i became an employer and hired a few over the years that couldn't read or write enough to sign a paycheck or for that matter count there own money when they did get it cashed.So lets talk about how much you (and i) really know.

Anonymous said...

Exactly, poster 11:44. Charts and test results are only as good as the person in charge. Let's test a few these kids outside school and see how they do. I also have seen kids given the answers, helped with tests and shown tests prior. No one wants to know the truth, to much work to really correct the problem. Right down to Harrisburg!

Anonymous said...

People get a clue, if you just think it's Austin who pushes kids through, get your head out of your...well you get the message. It happens everywhere. I've seen it at every school in this area & other areas. Basically, the No Child Left Behind ties teachers hands. They have to push kids through. With that law there is no choice. And although some kids act dumb, they know what's going on. They know why give an effort, they'll push me through. There are a lot of good kids that don't get the benefits because of these others using the system.

Anonymous said...

At least this money is being given to our students instead of the Lumber Museum~

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see this program will also include "help mothers and fathers learn to read to their children". Education begins at home at a early age. Its not just the responsibility of the schools to encourage the children to be good students. Thanks to all the people who made an effort to receive this funding to help our kids.