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Huntington Qualifies for $544K
State Grant

New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. has announced the Huntington School District has qualified for a state grant worth $544,500 to fund professional development and teacher training and mentoring and national board certification.

Huntington’s grant has been awarded through New York’s Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness program. “We were excited to receive the grant notice and are beyond pleased to have been awarded the funding,” Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky said.  “The monies will provide us with valuable opportunities to add supports for our teachers and students associated with multiple initiatives, as well as introduce additional professional development options.”

Thirty-three individual school districts and six BOCES-led consortia (which include 35 component districts) have received preliminary grant award notification totaling $24.8 million for the STLE 2 program. STLE 2 grants are targeted to support school districts and charter schools utilizing, as part of their implementation of an annual professional performance review plan, a comprehensive approach to recruitment, development, support, retention and equitable distribution of effective teachers and school leaders.

A total of five Long Island districts qualified for a STLE grant award. “STLE grants are focused on developing and supporting effective teachers and school leaders," Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said. “Ensuring every classroom is led by an effective teacher and every school is led by an effective principal is an important part of preparing more students to graduate college- and career-ready.”

Mr. Polansky said the Huntington School District intends to put the STLE grant monies to good use with the funds ultimately benefiting students through improved instruction and academic achievement.

“Too often, our highest need students miss out on great teachers and school leaders,” Dr. King said. "STLE grants will help high needs districts recruit, develop, and retain effective teachers and leaders. It’s all about supporting our educators and helping our students succeed.”

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