Ross Montessori School gets grant |

Ross Montessori School gets grant

The Ross Montessori School Steering Committee received a Colorado Department of Education grant Wednesday that will give the school $450,000 over the next three years. The school will use the money to fund a library, computer lab, and staff and board development. Before the steering committee received the grant, it had only secured state per-pupil funding, which equals about $6,000 per student per year. The CDE grant is going to be a tremendous help in opening the school, said Carolyn Fisher, steering committee spokeswoman. The school still has many details to iron out before it opens its doors next fall. The steering committee has whittled down possible locations for the school from three to two but is still in negotiations and won’t release possible locations. The committee is dedicated to providing bus service, and has a bus donated, but needs to secure funding for a driver and insurance, Fisher said. The school doesn’t have a staff yet, but the committee is interviewing applicants for head of school. Fisher said applicants from Carbondale to England have applied for the job. And the school also has to finish negotiations for a kitchen to make student lunches. The steering committee is negotiating a contract with an “establishment” to make the lunches. Fisher wouldn’t go into details. Regardless, the committee is “elated and overjoyed” with the CDE grant, Fisher said.

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