Vote on $3 million grant for college and career academy is Thursday

Cairo High School officials will learn officially whether the school will win a $3 million College and Career Academy Grant this week.
The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia is scheduled to vote on the three winners at its regular meeting in Atlanta on Thursday, according to Mike Light, executive director of communications for the Technical College System of Georgia.
A group from Grady County is expected to travel to Atlanta to witness the vote, less than one month after they were there for a group interview and presentation before a panel of judges as part of the grant application process.
According to Mr. Light, a subcommittee of the State Board took information from the presentations and will make a recommendation to the full State Board on Thursday. That meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Atlanta office of the Technical College System of Georgia. Mr. Light says such meetings generally last approximately one to two hours, and he will release the names of the winners shortly after the meeting is adjourned.
There are four high schools in Georgia that have made it this far in the grant competition, but only three grants will be approved for approximately $3 million each.
The grant money is restricted and may be used only for capital improvements such as expansion of existing facilities or new construction to help fulfill the college and career goals of the school. An additional $150,000 will also be awarded as startup money that could be used for costs associated with items such as architects or studies.

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