DOVER (Tusco TV) - Dover school officials are praising the grant-writing duo responsible for bringing an influx of awards to the cash-strapped school district. 

The school board on Monday accepted a more than $15,000 grant from the Rosenberry Foundation to purchase a new student transportation van, bringing Dover’s 12-month grant total to nearly $350,000. Board President Jeanine Kennedy says the credit belongs to Assistant Superintendent Karie McCrate and Curriculum Coordinator Marina Colombo.

"We appreciate everything that they do for the district because it helps us tremendously," she says.

Superintendent Carla Birney says the district’s largest grants of the year also came from local foundations. 

"Two of the major grants were for the resurfacing of the track at Crater Stadium. We received $185,000 from the Reeves Foundation for that, and then we did receive $100,000 from the Kimble Family Foundation, and this will purchase the orchestra ceiling for our new auditorium in the new high school," she says.

The grant total also includes awards from the Moomaw, Haman, Marsh and Souers Garcia foundations for Dover’s Project Lead the Way program and another $10,000 from Reeves to air-condition classrooms for students with disabilities. Kennedy says every award is appreciated, no matter how large or small. 


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