Spokane Public Schools has received an $8 million federal grant to increase the number of students and educators in the district.
The grant will be used to provide free tutoring to new students starting in the fall of 2021.
“This is a fantastic step forward,” Spokane Public School District Superintendent Jim Tumulty said in a statement.
“The district will be able to ensure that students who need it the most have the tools to succeed in school and in life.”
The grant, which will be awarded through the National School Lunch Program, will support a districtwide increase in the number and diversity of kindergarten, first, second and third grade students and a new program called “Students with Disabilities Engagement,” which aims to help students with disabilities and their families gain access to education.
The program will provide support to children with disabilities who want to learn and have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities.
Tumottis statement said that the grant is expected to be used “to increase the overall number of kindergarten students and to create an environment for more students with special needs.”
Tumulty has been the district’s superintendent since November 2017.
He was named superintendent in December of 2017.