The Rapid City Area school board gave school officials the nod to finalize applications for two grant programs at Monday night's board meeting.

Members unanimously approved applying for the Consolidated Application Grant, a federal program administered through the South Dakota Department of Education that encapsulates five different grant programs. The grant would be used for the 2017/2018 school year for professional development, math and literacy education services for impoverished students and to fund the Knollwood Elementary Discovery program, among others uses. The grant application is for $6.3 million.

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Later, board members also approved an application for the Title VI Indian Education Grant, which would provide $534,375 in funding to support academic assistance and attendance monitoring in hopes of increasing the graduation rates for Native American students.

Contact Samuel Blackstone at samuel.blackstone@rapidcityjournal.com

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City reporter for the Rapid City Journal

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