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RISD awarded funds to expand K-3 Plus program

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The Roswell Independent School District (RISD) is among districts around the state that will benefit from an expansion of the K-3 Plus program, according to education officials.

Gov. Susana Martinez earlier this week formally announced 22,121 students will have an opportunity to participate in the K-3 Plus program, representing a record high number of students and the most funding since the program began, according to The Public Education Department (PED) in Santa Fe.

Additionally, the PED in a press release stated that $2,800,000 will go to various districts and charters for summer programming and the first K-5 Plus pilot sites — expanding the program to include fourth- and fifth-graders in all 24 districts and charters that applied.

Jennifer Cole, director of federal programs at RISD, said the extended school year program for kindergarten through third grades has been in the local district for a few years. Now, after submitting an application in March, RISD has been awarded $2,700,000 to support the existing K-3 Plus initiative and begin an expansion for fourth- and fifth-grade students this year.

Cole said that for more information about the K5 Plus program, neighborhood elementary schools can be contacted.

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The K-3 Plus initiative assists economically disadvantaged students and low-performing schools in both literacy and math with the addition of 25 instructional days to the school year.