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3 local schools awarded grant to help boost turnaround

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Amsterdam, Schenectady, and Albany school districts will each receive funding to help spur a turnaround in their lowest performing schools.

State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. has announced that seven school districts in New York will receive more than $126 million in federal School Improvement Grant awards.

The Amsterdam City School District will receive nearly $3.9 million for the William B. Tecler Arts in Education, the Schenectady City School District will receive $4.5 million for Hamilton Elementary, and the Albany City School District will receive $4.3 million for the Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy.

In order to receive the funding, the three local districts will implement a "transformation model," which can be catered to their specific needs.

NEWS10 spoke with superintendents from Albany and Schenectady School Districts and they say they plan on seeing dramatic changes in their students over the next couple of years.

Schenectady Superintendent Laurence Springs says most of his students are from low-income families, and he says this can make it difficult for them to learn. He hopes with the grant he can provide more services for students, including more time in the classroom.

Both superintendents say they were given more flexibility to address the schools needs rather following a set guideline.

Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard says she wants to engage families and she plans on incorporating a before and after school program.

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