City council approves $750,000 for schools

The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. will receive $750,000 in tax increment financing funds from the city to support school programs for the second year in a row.

Columbus City Council members approved a request from the school district for money to support its iGrad program, which helps at-risk students in grades 8 through 12 meet graduation requirements and move onto post-secondary education or into the workforce.

The district plans to use $178,778 for capital projects to support middle and high school lab equipment that would supplement science textbooks and resources, while an additional $50,000 for professional development would support STEM science instruction on new equipment and resources.

In addition, $267,397 of the TIF dollars will go toward supporting transition planning in the district to help special-needs students prepare for a career after high school.

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