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Tuckahoe Schools Net $75,000 In Grants For Student Performance

Members of the New York State Education Department met with Tuckahoe students. Photo Credit: Contributed
Members of the New York State Education Department met with members of the faculty this week. Photo Credit: Contributed

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. - Tuckahoe High School officials received word that the district has been awarded nearly $100,000 in grant funding after being designated as Reward School by the New York State Education Department in consecutive years.

Members of the State Education Department (NYSED) took a trip to Tuckahoe last week after Principal Bart Linehan requested state funding based on student performance after the school was once again designated as a Reward School in August for the third straight year, ranking it amongst the top schools in New York.

This week, Linehan was informed that the grant was approved, with funding of $50,000 to be used for the continuation of best practices, plus an additional $25,000 for related grant expenses.

In total, just 365 schools statewide earned the Reward distinction, which celebrates achievement in education and districts that make significant progress year-to-year.

According to interim Superintendent Charles Wilson, the visit was “part of the high school’s designation as a New York State Reward School for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.” NYSED representatives visited classes and met with the staff and students to see just how the school has maintained such a high level of education.

“A reward designation is given to schools that have the highest performance or made the most progress with no significant gaps in student achievement,” Wilson stated. “This was the third consecutive year that Tuckahoe High School received the Reward designation.

“(Principal) Linehan is hopeful that this third award will provide another grant opportunity for the school in 2016. These awards are in line with the district’s strategic plan and mission, ‘preparing every student for excellence.”

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