Columbus –Today, Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) congratulated schools in the 33rd Senate District for receiving $975,250 from the Straight A Fund Program to improve STEM education through Project Inspire.  
“I am proud to see this additional funding come to the 33rd Senate district to support a fast growing field in education and rewarding our schools for their innovative practices,” said Leader Schiavoni. “By incorporating STEM education at an early age, our students will be prepared for the challenges and changes they will face in their future careers.
Project Inspire will expand STEM programming to 7,018 K-8 students in eight county districts, including the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center to provide a stimulating, real-world, problem based curriculum that builds excitement and high interest in STEM programs. The following districts received Straight A Funds:

Consortium Members Amount
Columbiana County ESC $157,380
Columbiana County JVSD $126,340
Crestview Local $98,790
Leetonia $98,790
Columbiana $98,790
East Palestine $98,790
Lisbon $98,790
Southern Local $98,790
Wellsville $98,790
Total $975,250
The Straight A Program established during the 130th General Assembly provides grants to city, local, exempted village, and joint vocational school districts, educational service centers, community schools, STEM schools, individual school buildings, education consortia, county boards of developmental disabilities, institutions of higher education, and private entities partnering with one or more of these educational entities.
The projects must aim to achieve one or more of the following: student achievement, spending reduction in the five-year fiscal forecast, utilization of a greater share of resources in the classroom, and use of a shared services delivery model.


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