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District receives grant to aid English learners


The Westerville City School District, in partnership with Otterbein University, has received a grant to increase services to students who are not proficient in English.

Superintendent Dan Good announced the district had been awarded the grant during the Board of Education's meeting Monday evening, May 7.

Through the grant, the district will receive a little more than $373,000 each year for the next five years to provide services to students who speak English as a second language, Good said.

The district has about 1,700 students who fall into that category, Good said.

The district will use the grant to provide additional training for teachers who work with students for whom English is a second language and to provide summer tutoring to students with limited English skills in all grades, said district Chief Academic Officer Karen McClellan.

Good said the grant comes from the US Department of Education, which announced 73 different grants totaling $24.4 million.

The grants are meant to support the professional development of teachers who work with students who speak English as a second language to upgrade the content they teach and improve their skills, Good said.

To be eligible for the grants, districts had to partner with institutes of higher education, such as Otterbein, he said.