Northville schools get $10K grant

Sen. Jim Tedisco, right, shows staff and students a $10,000 grant check to. Pictured with Tedisco is Northville Central School District Superintendent Leslie Ford on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

NORTHVILLE — Northville Central School District received a $10,000 state Education Program Funding grant on Wednesday to go towards new technology.

There to announce the grant and present it to Superintendent Leslie Ford was Sen. Jim Tedisco.

This grant will help NCD adopt cloud-based technology as part of its innovative Fabrication and Design Initiative that will give students the skills they need to compete in the 21st century economy.

“The Northville school board and district wish to thank Sen. Tedisco for his continued, firm partnership on behalf of our district’s Fabrication and Design Initiative,” Ford said. “Small, rural school districts can be a significant driver for change in New York state with the support of informed, dedicated representatives.”

The grant is on top of the more than $379,000 state aid increase he successfully advocated for over the past two years for the school in the New York state budget.

“All of our schools, including Northville, deserve fair funding to provide our children with the kind of education they need and deserve to learn and grow,” Tedisco said. “As a former teacher, guidance counselor, athletic director and coach, I’m proud to have been a driving force in the state Senate the past two years for state budgets that substantially increased funding to the Northville School District by over $379,000 and I’m going to continue to fight to fully fund Northville and all of our schools.”

Tedisco said funding for schools has been geared for every school district to be spent in the same way, whether it be school districts with high needs, low wealth districts, or high wealth districts. However, this grant gives school districts like Northville the ability to spend the money in a way they think is best for the school district.

“And it’s not required or mandated they spend it in a specific way,” Tedisco said.

He said this grant is important because it goes against the “regular formula” and allows districts to use it individually.

Tedisco said since he was an educator for 10 years, he understands the requirements of standardized testing and that he is against the use of standardized testing to evaluate students and teachers.

“Tests can be standardized, but kids are not standardized,” Tedisco said. “[I’m] one of the few Legislators who has actually been in a classroom and knows the needs for diversity in terms of kids don’t always test in the same way, they don’t always learn in the same way. They’re individuals, they’re not standardized. So, that’s very important for the diversity of this funding to be able to use that type of diversity.”

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