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Newburgh schools get $2.5 million grant
The Newburgh school district will get a $2.5 million grant to increase college graduation rates among high-risk students.
The state Education Department announced Friday that Temple Hill Academy, a school serving kindergarten through eighth grade, will recieve the money from the state's federal Race to to the Top grant.
The Newburgh school district has one of the area's lowest graduation rates. Only 64 percent of students graduated in 2011.
"We’re putting School Innovation Fund grants into schools where students need the most support," state Education Department Commissioner John King Jr. said. "The goal of the Board of Regents reform agenda is to make sure every student in New York graduates from high school with the skills to succeed in college and careers. These grants will help move us closer to that goal."
Newburgh will use its grant at Temple Hill to offer professional development, expand youth tobacco prevention education and cessation programs for parents, increase access to healthy and affordable food and provide after-school and summer enrichment programs. The school will partner with The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, The Glenn E. Hines Boys and Girls Club and Mount Saint Mary College.