Informational meetings on new rural funding scheduled

A new grant is now available to 25 rural schools in Maine to implement a program which has proven to increase academic growth and achievement for first-year high school students by providing a proven, flexible, data-driven system centered on the relationships between students and teachers.

The Building Assets Reduces Risks (BARR) program uses an innovative model aligned with Maine’s Learning Standards. Applications will be due by December for implementation for the 2015-16 school year.

The funding is available through the US Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) fund.

This grant offers two options:

  1. 25 Maine rural schools will receive $15,000 of training and technical assistance/coaching to support the implementation of BARR in their high school.
  2. A few Maine rural schools with a large enough grade 9 class will also be selected for a grant of $60,000 to participate in a randomized control trial.  Noble High School is participating this year.

The following informational meetings on the new funding opportunity are scheduled:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Noon – Augusta (Cross Office Building, Room 541)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m. – Bangor (United Technology Center, Hogan Road)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. – Houlton (Houlton High School, 7 Bird Street)

To attend or for additional information, please contact the Director of the Center for Positive Youth Development Susan Savell at or 462-5088.

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