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Board OKs Rapides Foundation grant aimed at enhancing resources, training

BY ELONA WESTON
LEESVILLE -- The Vernon Parish School Board on Thursday favored a resolution that outlines a $190,000 Rapides Foundation grant aimed at helping to better equip teachers with resources and training.

The Rapides Foundation 2014-2015 Effective Schools Grant isn't a new one, but Anne Smith, the school system's curriculum director, said it's been renamed with some changes amid shifts in the state's standards and guidelines.

"They've changed directions with the change in standards," Smith said.

Smith said the board's approval of the resolution outlined the school system's agreement to work with the foundation regarding grant guidelines.

She said the grant benefits teachers, principals, administrators and staff. It helps fund leadership training and instructional strategy education. A new component involves training for teachers to help with new standards implementation.

The Rapides Foundation's mission is to "improve the health status of Central Louisiana."

"One of their beliefs, based on research, is that the more education, the healthier the lifestyles," Smith said.

The foundation has a service area that encompasses Vernon, Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides and Winn parishes.
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Location : Central Louisiana
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