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I-Team: Federal funding paves way for new program at Rolling Hills Elementary

The school will receive almost $146,000 per year for the next 3 years.

Posted: Dec. 11, 2017 5:47 PM
Updated: Dec. 11, 2017 7:26 PM

An I-Team follow up is providing new details about an elementary school in Huntsville where teachers say they don’t feel safe.

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There’s more help headed to Rolling Hills Elementary School. This time it’s a $146,000 federal grant.

The grant the school received is aimed at keeping kids in school and decreasing behavioral issues, but one parent WAAY 31 talked to told us she doesn't know if it will help improve the school's environment.

"You know it's really bad when they're crying and don't wanna go to school," said Jazma Reed.

Three of her kids attend Rolling Hills Elementary School. She told WAAY 31 the same thing we started reporting a year ago. There are ongoing behavioral issues inside the school.

The district promised to make changes and we’ve followed them every step of the way.

A human resources report shows the district approved eight contracted teachers and one additional supervisor at the last board of education meeting.

The money is coming from a federal grant, and it is the latest in a series of hires to change how children behave at the school.

WAAY 31 pressed the school district about the federal funds, and we learned Monday the funding is from a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.

It will provide an extended day program focused on intensive intervention in reading, math and other STEM-related activities. It also teaches students about service and community engagement.

The school district told us any extra money will be used for for materials for enriched learning, but wouldn’t be more specific.

"It's encouraging that they got the grant because Rolling Hills really does need all the help they can get with the children and after school programs to try to keep the kids on a positive flow," Reed said.

The school will receive almost $146,000 per year for the next 3 years. The district plan to launch the program after the winter break.

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