Rock Island High School is about to receive a large grant.
Improving education is the goal as Rock Island High School is about to get a $6 million dollar grant to do just that. But the grant comes after the school consistently under-performed on state tests for the last three years, trailing behind the district and state.
Now school officials hope the federal grant will help turn things around. Students will get benefits of new technology with i-Pads, smart boards, and Chrome books.
The funding will also allow the school to hire six new teachers, which would help decrease the teacher to student ratio, and a data coach to assess the needs of the students.
"Once the data is analyzed, find out where our weak areas are and where we need to target to improve skills of our students," Rock Island High School Principal Tim Wernentin said.
The school will also hire a reading specialist and an academic advisor to help prevent school drop-outs.
The grant comes as $2 million dollars per year for over a three-year period.