WARREN - The Straight A Fund Governing Board has recommended the Trumbull Career and Technical Center receive nearly $300,000 in funding.
One of 570 applications submitted by more than 400 organizations in Ohio, TCTC was selected to receive the money for its proposed project ''The Mind Body Connection'' after a rigorous screening process.
A total of 24 grants were recommended for funding. TCTC is the only Trumbull County applicant slated to receive the grant money.
Five other Trumbull County applicants - Liberty, Brookfield and Lordstown local school districts, Warren City Schools and the Summit Academy Community School - made the first cut, but did not receive a final recommendation.
"We knew that there were going to be a lot of people submitting. There were a lot of great ideas in all the counties," said superintendent Jason Gray, who received the call Friday notifying him that the board chose to recommend TCTC for the Straight A Fund. "I was pretty happy" but not surprised, he said.
The authors of TCTC's grant were high school director Mary Flint and program supervisor Paula Baco.
Flint said the grant was written to address the idea that student achievement is tied to health and fitness. To that end, the money will fund a new exercise science program.
"We also are looking at upgrading some of the equipment in the cafeteria," Flint said.
Baco said a new salad bar will be added, and the school will work with the Trumbull County Health Department to start two programs, ''Seed to Salad'' and a ''Smarter Lunchroom,'' in order to promote healthy eating. There also will be an exercise program to promote physical fitness.
"They need hands-on learning," Gray said, and the Straight A Fund will allow them to create a hands-on exercise science lab for students to do fitness testing and rehabilitation therapy.
The State Controlling Board will give final approval on Dec. 16 before Straight A funds are distributed.
Gray said the new program will be available to students in the fall.
"There was tremendous competition to receive a Straight A grant. All of Ohio will look to the winning proposals for ideas to reduce costs and transform learning in our state. This first round of Straight A Fund grant opportunities has started the process of re-examining the ways that we educate the boys and girls of Ohio," said Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction.
The $250 million Straight A Fund was created in the new state budget signed this summer by Gov. John R. Kasich. A new round of grant funding will be held next year. The Straight A Fund is part of a $1.6 billion increase in state funding for education over the next two years.