Saint Cloud District #742 was today awarded a grant of $1,005,160 in state funds beginning this Fall as part of a $25 million pool of early childhood grant funding that was included in this year’s supplemental budget bill.  The award will allow an additional 150 children to participate in voluntary early childhood programming in the district.  The funding was appropriated in the supplemental budget bill (HF2749) authored by Rep. Jim Knoblach (R – St. Cloud).

“I am very pleased that District #742 was awarded this additional funding,” said Knoblach.  “With this funding, District #742 will have received $2 million in additional funding for 2016-17 in the supplemental funding bill I authored.  I believe this additional funding will make a difference for poor and disadvantaged students in our area.”

District #742 received the largest grant of any greater Minnesota school district, and the fourth largest grant of the 74 grants that were awarded (Minneapolis, Osseo and Columbia Heights received larger grants, with the largest being Osseo at $1,540,000).

The funding is in addition to a special $430,000 early childhood appropriation for District 742 secured by Knoblach this year, as well as $500,000 in funding for disadvantaged children in District 742 through the Sanneh Foundation that was also part of Knoblach’s budget bill.