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 VINELAND – School principals are “determining the best fit” for the federal funds state officials are reallocating to ensure the money is spent in classrooms, Vineland school superintendent Mary Gruccio said.

The state Department of Education has earmarked $13.6 million in federal money to be used in school districts with high percentages of students from low-income families.

Those “Title I, Part A” funds will help bring programs to as many as 400,000 students in traditional public and charter schools, as well as 24,000 students in nonpublic schools, state education officials said on Friday.

The surplus funds, which would have gone unspent for the year, are now available for four targeted areas:

  • STEM: To foster science, technology, engineering and math;
  • Early learning transitional programs: To give children from preschool to fifth grade the extra skills they need to succeed as they advance to the next grade;
  • Social-emotional learning: To provide students with skills to manage emotions, show empathy, and make responsible decisions; and
  • Arts integration: To infuse the arts throughout other subjects.

Most Vineland principals are looking to enhance current programs, Gruccio told The Daily Journal on Friday, adding “one school is working on integrating a fine and performing arts program.”

More than 600 schools operate Title I, Part A school-wide programs in New Jersey and those districts can apply for the funds.

“This initiative to reallocate our federal funds is a new approach by the department to ensure more education dollars get into the classroom, where it belongs,” commissioner of education Lamont O. Repollet said.

Deborah M. Marko; 856-563-5256; dmarko@gannettnj.com; Twitter: @dmarko_dj

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