Ogden School District to benefit from $1.5 million grant

Friday , September 15, 2017 - 5:15 AM1 comment

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — For the second year in a row, the Ogden School District and United Way of Northern Utah will be distributing a $1.5 million grant to help students succeed.

The funds will be distributed over three years and go into Gramercy Elementary School, Mound Fort Junior High School and Ben Lomond High School, which are part of the Ogden United Promise Neighborhood - North.

Angela Choberka, the assistant director of the Ogden United Promise, said the money will go toward a variety of things including a full time Family and Youth Specialist at all three schools.

That person will align school and community resources for the students and families who need them.

“They’ll also look for things the schools don’t quite have yet and need,” Choberka said.

Last year’s $1.5 million grant, also to be distributed over three years, went into Ogden United Promise Neighborhood - South: the schools that feed into Ogden High School.

The new grant will also fund task forces which will dig deeper into the schools’ problems. For example, Choberka said a T.O. Smith Elementary School task force funded by last year’s grant is studying chronic absenteeism in kindergarten and first grade students.

“It’s about looking at the whole pathway of someone from kindergarten through high school and all the way to post secondary,” she said.

This Partnership for Student Success Grant is funded by Senate Bill 67 and awarded through the Utah State Board of Education.

“I’m confident that the Partnership for Student Success Grant will provide much-needed resources for the Ogden community to build sustainable relationships that will ultimately impact the lives of families for years to come,” Ogden Superintendent Rich Nye said in a news release.

Choberka said the district has to match the grant’s $500,000 annual allotment but can do so by contributing staffing, space or forms of support other than money.

As the grant’s intent is fostering student success, numerous organizations will partner with the United Way and the school district to accomplish that goal. Those organizations include Weber State University, Ogden City, Weber Human Services, Daniels Fund, Intermountain Health Care and more.

Contact education reporter Anna Burleson at aburleson@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnagatorB or like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/BurlesonReports.

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