By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Mac schools win grants

The district won a $9,000 grant for middle and high school science, technology, engineering and math programs. Hands-on STEM classes are offered at Patton and Duniway middle schools and at Mac High, both on the main campus and in the Engineering and Aerospace Sciences Academy.

Another $60,000 grant will supplement the five-year secondary after school program grant the district received in 2013.

The money goes toward after school and summer school programs for grades six through 12, said Tony Vicknair, director of secondary programs. The programs give students opportunities to pursue STEM, career and technical interests.

"This is huge for us, exciting," he said.

During 2013-14, for instance, high school students had about a dozen choices, such as welding, culinary arts or video production. With the additional money, Vicknair said, Mac High will be able to offer additional choices.

It also will be able to increase technology in science and math classrooms and add more summer offerings. This summer, about 150 sixth- through eighth-graders and more than 100 high schoolers were involved in a variety of programs. Another summer program, a music camp, will take place at the high school next week.

In addition, the district received a $25,000 grant from the state Department of Education to purchase technology equipment, Superintendent Maryalice Russell told the school board Monday night.

In other business, school board members:

* Approved purchasing a house adjacent to the Adams Campus.

* Approved a new policy outlining the process and goals of financial management.



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