By GALEN HOLLEY
The Grenada School Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept a matching grant of $352,000 to help its AmeriCorps program.
According to Financial Director Bo Surrell, the money, which will come from the Corporation for National and Community Service and Volunteer Mississippi, will fund and support the tutoring program and other community involvement in which AmeriCorps members participate.
“This will be very helpful for giving students the type of one-on-one, specialized attention that AmeriCorps offers,” said AmeriCorps Director Pamela Hubbard. “This is essential for keeping them up with their grade levels.”
Twenty-nine AmeriCorps members serve the district. They each receive what Surrell called a living allowance of $12,000 per year.
The grant will fund the AmeriCorps program for three years, Hubbard said. The district will contribute matching funds in the amount of $190,946, according to Surrel, bringing the total amount of the grant to more than $540,000.
Hubbard will step down as AmeriCorps director in August, becoming the assistant director. She’ll be replaced in the lead role by Gwen Woodson.
The new AmeriCorps program for the 2013-14 school year will begin Sept. 3.