Ohio.com staff

None of the Medina County school districts received funding from the first round of Straight A funds recently awarded by the Ohio Department of Education, reports the Post Newspapers.

On Dec. 16, the Ohio Controlling Board recommended 24 grants worth $88.6 million be approved for distribution. In total, 420 school districts and organizations submitted 570 applications to receive funding.

Future rounds of grants are slated to be awarded, for a total of $250 million in total. A few of the awards are designated for urban area school districts, but the majority of the funds are available across the state.

There will be future rounds of grant awards, according to the ODE, with $250 million being allocated in all. Some of those funds are designated to urban districts, but the rest is available statewide.

Medina City Schools applied for five grants, one of which would have provided $5 million of funds to help improve technology offerings and provide laptops or tablets for students to use for take-hone, one-to-one classroom services.

The district plans to reapply for future grants and believes their needs are worthy of funds. Other Medina school districts, including Cloverleaf Local Schools and Buckeye, say they will also reapply. According to The Post Newspapers, administrators for Medina area schools would like to have feedback from the state before resubmitting their funding applications, to make sure they are as strong as possible.

The Department of Education has not released details about when the next round of applications can be submitted.

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