(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - The City of Lawrenceburg is making its annual contribution of riverboat gaming money to local schools.
Last week, Lawrenceburg City Council voted to approve $2 million in school grants.
Lawrenceburg, Sunman-Dearborn, and South Dearborn school corporations will each receive about $658,000, as requested by the schools. Saint Lawrence School in Lawrenceburg will receive $23,991.
In the request to the city, Lawrenceburg Community Schools said it would use the grant funds to continue its high school achievement center, a credit recovery program, homework help, Project Lead the Way, membership to the Southeastern Career Center, and other programs.
“It is the goal of the school corporation to continue these programs and look for ways to reduce the strain on the school corporation’s general fund due to reduced or flat-lined budgets from the state,” Lawrenceburg Community Schools Superintendent Karl Galey wrote in the request.
South Dearborn Schools Superintendent John Mehrle had similar words in his district’s request. He wrote that schools are faced with severe budgetary challenges at a time where investments in technology are no longer a luxury, but a necessity.
“It is the goal of South Dearborn School Corporation to move forward with the transformation to a 21st century learning environment while supporting current programs. In order to do so, we must look for ways to reduce the strain placed upon the school’s General and CPF funds. The Lawrenceburg grant helps immensely relative to our ability to offer quality programs that benefit our students. Without such assistance, many programs benefitting our students would need to be terminated and many teachers would lose their current positions,” Mehrle stated.
South Dearborn will put about $294,000 to pay the salaries of four Project Lead the Way teachers in the 2013-14 school year. About $100,000 will purchase projectors at Dillsboro, Manchester, and Moores Hill elementary schools. The rest of the grant money will help continue counseling programs, payment to the Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Special Education Program, and technology needs.
All of Sunman-Dearborn’s share of the school grants will be put towards salaries of the guidance counselors serving all the district’s students next school year. The counseling staff includes four counselors at East Central High School, two at Sunman-Dearborn Middle School, one at Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School, and three counselors at each of the district’s three elementary schools.
Saint Lawrence Catholic School is planning to use its funds to help maintain current equipment, technology improvements, and a reading assessment and progress monitoring program called Dibels Next.