Ten area elementary schools are among 74 in the state that will get $89 million in federal money over the next six years to help students learn to read. The schools will get between $130,000 and $170,000 each per year to help students in kindergarten through third grades.
Area schools receiving grants and the amounts are:
* Boyle, Junction City, $170,000, and Perryville elementaries, $150,000; and Danville, Hogsett, and Toliver elementaries $150,000 each.
* Casey, Garrett and Middleburg elementaries, $130,000 each.
* Garrard, Lancaster Elementary, $170, 000.
* Lincoln, Crab Orchard and Highland elementaries, $150,000 each.
* Mercer, Harrodsburg, Evan Harlow Elementary, $170,000.
The schools will use the money to pay for reading coaches, materials and teacher training. They must show steady progress or lose the grants. Districts were eligible if one of their schools had at least 50 percent of its students qualifying for subsidized lunch, and fewer than 50 percent reading at levels the state considers "proficient."