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Bentley School in Salem receives nearly $1.5M grant from Dept. of Education

Posted by Ryan Mooney  June 22, 2012 11:05 AM

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Bentley Elementary School in Salem has received a school redesign grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the amount of nearly $1.5 million.

Governor Deval Patrick's administration and the Department of Education announced on Thursday $13.7 million in state funds granted to nine schools throughout the state. The grants aim to "accelerate school improvement and close achievement gaps among Massachusetts students."

Salem school administrators applied in April for the grant, which could award Bentley up to $500,000 per year over the next three years. A statement released by the Department of Education on Thursday has Bentley receiving $1,493,401 total.

Salem Superintendent Dr. Stephen Russell and Bentley Principal Dr. Renata McFarland could not be reached for comment.

Bentley Elementary was designated a level four school by the Department of Education last November. The state ranks schools from one (least) to five (most) based on their need for improvement. Administrators have three years to improve MCAS scores and overall performance at the approximately 350-student, K-5 school or face a possible state takeover.

Four other Salem schools - Salem High, Collins Middle School, Carlton, and Bowditch - are currently at level three.

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