"We asked for everything," said Gilbert Gutierrez, principal at Booker T. Washington, who received the maximum amount awarded for a school.
"We can use everything we get." Gutierrez
said the money will be used for additional materials and staff for after-school programs and additional programs planned during the upcoming intersession times.The intersession times will begin once the school moves into a balanced (year-round) calendar year.
"I don't just want to go to a balanced calendar and take all the support away from our kids," Gutierrez
said, adding that he
plans to maintain and add to the current support the school offers during the year-round school. Gutierrez
said it is important for his
staff to offer help to students after school because they don't always get it at home for various reasons.
The money awarded to 54 schools by the state was given to districts with corrective action schools and schools in the second year of improvement.