CALHOUN RECEIVES MAJOR READING GRANT - "This Will Surely Help Us..." Cartwright Says

"It is great news for Calhoun Schools," exclaimed Director of Curriculum Greg Cartwright at last night's Board of Education meeting at Mt. Zion.

Calhoun has received a "Reading First Grant" for county schools kindergarten through grade three. The program will receive $221,000 a year for the next three years, said Cartwright.

Twenty-two school systems were eligible for the grant to improve reading skills, with Calhoun selected as one of the recipients.

Cartwright expressed thanks to several county educators for their work in preparing the grant.

Cartwright informed the school board last month that some Calhoun schools failed to meet No Child Left Behind standards, "mostly because reading skills are falling behind."

"Getting this grant will surely help us with the problem," he said.

Most West Virginia counties are not measuring up to No Child Left Behind.

The grant will provide mentor teachers who in turn will provide staff development to help kids with poor reading skills.

The program will include both in-school and after-school tutoring.

"There is some possibly summer programs may be involved," said Cartwright.

The grant will also allow for the purchase of 300 new books.