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Districts receive $346K extended school day grants

DUNDEE, PENN YAN--The Dundee and Penn Yan Central School Districts will implement an extended school day next fall. The districts were named as two of 82 districts across the state that were awarded state funds through the Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention Grant Program last week. Dundee will receive $346,996 annually for five years, while Penn Yan will get $346,502 during the same timeframe.
Dundee Superintendent Kelly Houck said while final details still need to be fleshed out, she estimates an additional two and a half to three hours each day. She noted this would primarily be used for additional academic help from teachers and aides and homework help labs, along with additional "enrichment programs." Houck said these programs are yet to be determined, but teachers will be able to submit ideas for a six-week program like robotics or archery based off student interest.
Dundee's program will be offered to students pre-kindergarten through 12th grade for free and will also include transportation and an after school snack. The districts will hire a full-time project director to oversee both grants, while each district will get their own part-time site coordinator.
In Penn Yan, Superintendent Howard Dennis said the programming will be similar to Dundee as far as funding, but noted a few key differences. He said Penn Yan applied separately for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and sixth grade through 12th grade, but was only awarded pre-K through fifth. Dennis estimated the district will offer an additional hour and a half after school Monday through Thursday. He mentioned they are also considering a half hour in the morning as well from 7:30 to 8 a.m.
Dennis said things like transportation and a snack will also be offered in Penn Yan. While the superintendent said Penn Yan already offers several clubs, they will be looking to expand that selection for students through the new extended day programming. Both districts anticipate having these programs in place by the start of the school year next fall.

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