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Three Building Bridges Partnerships Awarded Grant Funding

OLYMPIA — November 22, 2011 — Three organizations have been awarded grants to help students stay in school and graduate, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced today.

The Vancouver School District, the Granite Falls School District and Educational Service District 113 all received the two-year Building Bridges grants, which total $50,000 for the first year and $90,000 for the second. The money will be used to build a Dropout Early Warning and Intervention System, which will help schools identify students at-risk of dropping out.

The money also will be used for “graduation specialists” or “graduation coaches” who will provide coaching and supports to help identified students receive the academic and social supports necessary for them to graduate.

A total of 22 applications were received and were scored on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of committed local partnerships to support the graduation work;
  • completeness of the project design;
  • planned professional development and outreach;
  • demonstration of the need for project and readiness to participate;
  • demonstration of use of research based practices in the model; and
  • demonstration of program sustainability.

“All the applicants should be recognized and commended on their work for the grants,” said Dan Newell, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education and School Improvement. “We know that the three that were accepted will work diligently to impact statewide dropout rates in Washington.

Building Bridges, a dropout prevention, intervention and retrieval program, is one of several efforts championed by State Superintendent Randy Dorn to reduce the statewide dropout rate and to put diplomas in the hands of more of Washington State’s high school students.


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


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