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School Board OKs Tutor Funds

A tutoring program for elementary and middle school students in the Pottsgrove School District received a financial boost Tuesday (Oct. 28, 2008) from the district Board of School Directors when grant money fell short of expectations.

The board, during its second monthly meeting at the district offices, 1301 Kauffman Rd., Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township, agreed to spend $16,500 to continue after-school sessions that benefit several hundred children annually. Without the additional money, district Superintendent Dr. Bradley Landis said, some students may not have been able to get all the remedial help they need in reading or math.

The district has operated the program in its three elementary schools for several years, and opened it last year in the middle school. A change in formulas used to calculate how much each of the state’s school districts receives under the grant caused the shortfall, the board learned. “It was a surprise to us,” Landis added. “Usually we get a modest increase,” he said.

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