School Funding

Springfield City Council May Vote To Approve Funding For SHINE Program Through Springfield Public Schools

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Springfield City Council could vote Monday on a bill that would approve hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding for the SHINE program through Springfield public schools.

SHINE is a new before and after school support service to help students who may have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program started at all SPS schools on August 23.

According to Monday’s agenda, city council members could vote to authorize nearly $ 300,000 in grants for the SHINE program. If approved, the money would come from $ 3.4 million in coronavirus relief funds. Funding would initially be approved for a one-year period, but could be renewed for two additional one-year periods.

The SHINE program, which is available to all SPS students, is designed to provide learning opportunities for underfunded and underachieving students with the goal of closing the achievement gap, according to the district.

The program aims to help low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, homeless students, and foster children and youth. Through the program, academic coordinators work directly with students to provide opportunities for academic enrichment in disguised, non-traditional learning environments.

Schools participating in the program include Carver Middle School, Cherokee Middle School, Harrison Elementary School, Pipkin Middle School, Truman Elementary School, Watkins Elementary School, Westport Elementary School, and Wilson’s Creek Elementary School.

For more information on the SHINE program, CLICK HERE.

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