NEW MATAMORAS — The Frontier Local Schools Board of Education voted to receive a federal grant and invited bids for the New Matamoras Elementary and Newport Elementary playground projects at Wednesday’s board meeting.
One of the items on the agenda was accepting a Small, Rural School Achievement Grant for $41,234 as a part of the treasurer’s items. This a federal grant through the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.
District Treasurer Lee Howard said this is the fifth year Frontier has received the grant.
“The first year we used it to purchase Chromebooks for the district and the past four we’ve used it to replace musical instruments for the music program,” she said.
The district announced it is accepting bids for both the New Matamoras Elementary and Newport Elementary playground projects. Information can be obtained from Matt Francis at email@example.com
Bids are due to the school by noon Sept. 19. Howard said the bids will be announced at the next board meeting on Sept. 21.
Newport Elementary Parent Teacher Organization member Maggie McConnell said the school was close to its goal for equipment.
“We have $90,000, which is a combination of grants, private donations and money set aside from the school. Our goal was $100,000,” she said.
McConnell said the Newport PTO needed to get the board’s permission to apply for grants due to tax status.
“To file for a grant, you have to be a non-profit,” she said. “We went to the board, gave them our price range, and laid out how we would raise the money.”
McConnell said Newport PTO began the process in November 2022. She said they hope to have new playground equipment for the kids by spring 2024. She also said they are working with New Matamoras Elementary on equipment designs.