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Century Elementary qualifies for federal aid, School Board approves application for funds

The Grand Forks School Board unanimously voted Monday to approve Century Elementary School's application for federal funding. About 52 percent of Century Elementary School's nearly 375 students qualify for free or reduced meals, according to the ...

The Grand Forks School Board unanimously voted Monday to approve Century Elementary School's application for federal funding.

About 52 percent of Century Elementary School's nearly 375 students qualify for free or reduced meals, according to the school's application for Title 1 funding.

Title I, which is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, provides federal aid to schools with a high percentage of students from lower income families. How much allocated assistance depends on state census poverty estimates and the cost of education by state.

Century Elementary School did not qualify for federal aid last year, Assistant Superintendent Jody Thompson said.

"Century actually has gone in and out of Title I status over the last couple of years," he said.

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In the 2015 to 2016 school year, Grand Forks received a budget of slightly less than $2.7 million in federal funds under Title I, according to the general fund financial statement as of May 31, 2016.

The Title I money is distributed to eight of the district's elementary schools as well as Valley Middle School, Thompson said.

J. Nelson Kelly, Nathan Twining and Discovery Elementary do not receive Title I funding, Thompson said.

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Superintendent Larry Nybladh's contract for 2016 to 2019 also was approved unanimously at Monday night's meeting.

Nybladh, who received $225,000 in salary in 2015, will receive a 2.76 percent increase of $6,210 in the 2016-2017 school year.

Nybladh's raise is in line with the 2.76 percent increase in salary to teachers, classified staff, principals and associated principals, directors and administrators in the district.

Additionally, Nybladh will continue to receive 65 annual sick days, 32 paid vacation days, and family health insurance with a prescription drug plan.

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Future increases to Nybladh's salary for the following years will be determined at the "sole discretion" of the school board, according to the contract.

There is no salary cap for the superintendent nor the other positions, district Business Manager Ed Gerhardt said.

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