Syracuse City School District Receives Two School Improvement Grants

The Syracuse City School District has received two School Improvement Grant (SIG)s from the New York State Education Department. McKinley-Brighton Elementary and Meachem Elementary have each received $2.5 million in funding through the seventh round of state SIG grant distributions.

As designated ‘priority’ schools, Meachem and McKinley-Brighton were required to submit school redesign models showing how they would optimize leadership, teacher effectiveness, additional instructional time, a rigorous academic program, data, discipline and family and community engagement, with the goal of improving to become schools ‘in good standing’ after three years.

The SIG funding received will be used to assist the schools as they move toward accomplishing these goals. In addition, schools will use the funds to support teacher professional development, to provide after-school programming, to transport students to field study trips and to purchase supplies that will support parent involvement.

“I am extremely happy that two of our schools have received extra support to help them as they work to improve and best meet the needs of their students,” Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea said. “These School Improvement Grants will go a long way in helping McKinley-Brighton and Meachem implement their school improvement plans, and ultimately, in providing students with the best possible education.”