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ASHLAND -- Ashland Middle School has been chosen to receive $525,000 as part of the Comprehensive State Literacy Development Grant.

The district was one of several in Ohio to receive funding from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), according to Ashland City School District’s deputy superintendent Linda McKibben. She announced the news via video Wednesday evening at a board of education meeting.

The Ohio Department of Education received $42 million for a Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve the language and literacy development of Ohio students. 

“I am very excited to continue the progress made in our elementary schools through the Striving Readers Grant into our middle school,” McKibben said. 

The middle school’s four-year subgrant will support professional learning and coaching for implementation of the Science of Reading and Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement.

It will cover the cost of instructional tools for teachers to use in the classroom and professional development opportunities for teachers. 

“Our vision is to improve outcomes for all learners, thus helping more students master essential reading foundations by reducing the barriers for literacy acquisition,” McKibben said.

The grant will allow a model literacy site to be developed at the Ashland Middle School. The partnership between model sites and the ODE is intended to allow districts, schools and families to improve student literacy and increase educational options to students who traditionally have been underserved. 

McKibben thanked the BOE and Superintendent Doug Marrah for the encouragement to apply for the competitive grant and the middle school staff for it's support. 

“The AMS staff with the support of our families and community will continue the progress in improving education in our schools," McKibben said. "It’s yet again another great day to be an Ashland Arrow.”

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