Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Wilson Announces over $3 Million in Grants to Midlands School Districts

Sep 29, 2003
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) announced that the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice awarded separate grants totaling over $3 million to school districts in the Second Congressional District of South Carolina. “Our children need every opportunity to succeed and these funds will allow us to increase their chances for a brighter future,” said Congressman Wilson. “I’m very thankful to the staff of the school districts for their hard work, and I’m proud to have been able to help in making these funds available.” The following grants have been awarded: School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties · $499,295.00 from the U.S. Department of Education under the Smaller Learning Communities Program, over 3 years (2003-2006). · $99,984.00 from the U.S. Department of Justice under the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, for Fiscal Year 2003. School District One of Lexington County · $499,914.00 from the U.S. Department of Education under the Smaller Learning Communities Program, over 3 years (2003-2006). School District One of Richland County · $2,000,000.00 from the U.S. Department of Education under the Smaller Learning Communities Program, over 3 years (2003-2006). Smaller Learning Communities Program grants from the U.S. Department of Education seek to foster smaller learning environments, which have been found to boost student achievement. The grants provide school districts with funds to plan, implement or expand smaller learning communities in large high schools of 1,000 students or more. Strategies may include creating schools within schools, career academies, restructuring the school day, instituting personal adult advocates, developing teacher advisory systems and other innovations designed to create a more personalized high school experience for students and improve student achievement and performance. Drug-Free Communities Support Program grants from the U.S. Department of Justice are designed to increase the capacity of community coalitions to reduce substance abuse, and over time, to reduce substance abuse among adults through strengthening collaboration among communities, public, and private entities. This program, established by the Drug- Free Communities Act of 1997, awards grants to community coalitions for amounts up to $100,000 through a competitive grant award process. ###