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School Board poised to submit $206,600 grant for adult education

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The Indian River County School Board is expected to approve sending a grant request of more than $206,000 to the Florida Department of Education to expand the district’s adult education and literacy programs.

The School Board is also poised to approve more than $9,300 in donations to three schools.

Beachland Elementary, Sebastian Elementary and Sebastian River High have each received donations from their PTAs or the greater community – but need School Board approval to accept the funds.

If the Department of Education were to approve the School District’s grant request, the district would be able to pay the salary of one full time adult education teacher, the salary of 1 ½ part-time teachers, supplies, computers and an advertisement in La Voz News, a Spanish-language newspaper, to attract potential students.

According to the School District, there are no matching funds from the county required to secure the Department of Education grant.

At the schools, Beachland’s PTA donated more than $2,518 to be used for various items, including the Future Leader’s Club field trip, classroom technology and supplies for the classroom in the upcoming school year.

Sebastian Elementary received a donation of $5,300 from its Parent Teacher Association. The money is meant to pay teachers for afterschool teaching during “On Track for FCAT.”

And Wal-Mart donated $1,500 to Sebastian River High School to be used for the school’s football program this next school year.

Also on the agenda for the School Board’s meeting this evening is a request from the district to clear out surplus property, including a vehicle that would be given to a student for positive behavior.

In all, the district has earmarked nearly 170 items originally valued at almost $193,000 for disposal. Nearly all of the items are computers and related gear. Other items include two pieces of weight-lifting equipment and the 1999 Toyota Camry.

The Camry was donated to the School District in 2010 and used for educational training at Vero Beach High’s Tech Automotive Class. Now that the 2010-11 school year is drawing to a close, the district plans to award a student with the vehicle.

The other items deemed surplus are expected to be recycled or auctioned.

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