The Georgia Department of Education is awarding a total of $260,000 to rural school districts to help them expand the fine arts opportunities available to their students, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced today.
Twenty rural districts are receiving stART grants, which can be used to create or expand arts initiatives that significantly improve students’ access to the arts. The grants are part of the Georgia Department of Education’s broader Partnership for Rural Growth initiative, which seeks to expand the resources available to public school districts in rural Georgia.
“Fine arts education is not an ‘extra’ – it’s a crucial part of a well-rounded education,” Woods said. “We continue to hear from parents, teachers, administrators, and other supporters of public education that they want those expanded opportunities for their students. This is a top priority for us at the Department, and we won’t stop until every student in Georgia has access to high-quality arts education.”
Through the stART grants, the department of education is taking advantage of the flexibility offered within the Every Student Succeeds Act to use some federal funds to support arts learning and other programs that provide a well-rounded education to students.
The Department has also worked to expand fine arts instruction by hiring a full-time fine arts specialist at the state level, creating new virtual fine arts courses, refreshing standards, increasing the number of creative-industry-aligned high school arts courses, offering professional learning on arts integration for teachers of all content areas, and developing a new STEAM certification for school districts and a Fine Arts Diploma Seal for graduates.
All eligible school districts were given the opportunity to apply for the stART grant funding. For the purposes of the grant, a rural school district is any district currently eligible for funding under the federal Rural Education Achievement Program.
Here are the schools and districts that were awarded funding:
|Appling County School District||Altamaha Elementary||$10,000|
|Ben Hill County School District||Fitzgerald High School and Ben Hill Middle School||$10,000|
|Berrien County School District||Berrien Primary School||$10,000|
|Berrien County School District||Berrien Elementary School||$10,000|
|Brooks County School District||Brooks County Schools||$10,000|
|Bulloch County School District||Bulloch County Schools||$10,000|
|Colquitt County School District||Willie J. Williams Middle School||$10,000|
|Cook County School District||Cook Elementary School||$10,000|
|Cook County School District||Cook County Middle School||$10,000|
|Cook County School District||Cook Primary School||$10,000|
|Cook County School District||Cook County High School||$10,000|
|Crawford County School District||Crawford County High School||$10,000|
|Gilmer County School District||Ellijay Elementary, Mountain View Elementary School, Gilmer Middle Schooland Clear Creek Middle School||$10,000|
|Madison County School District||Madison County Middle School||$10,000|
|McDuffie County School District||Dearing Elementary School and R. L. Norris Elementary School||$10,000|
|Meriwether County School District||Meriwether County Schools||$10,000|
|Pataula Charter Academy||Pataula Charter Academy||$10,000|
|Pierce County School District||Pierce County Middle School||$10,000|
|Quitman County School District||New Quitman County Elementary School and Quitman County High School||$10,000|
|Stewart County School District||Stewart County Schools||$10,000|
|Thomasville City School District||Harper Elementary School||$10,000|
|Twiggs County School District||Jeffersonville Elementary School||$10,000|
|Twiggs County School District||Twiggs County High School||$10,000|
|Twiggs County School District||Twiggs County Middle School||$10,000|
|Union County School District||Union County High School||$10,000|
|Wayne County School District||Wayne County Schools||$10,000|