BCSC accepts $750k check from Columbus to support workforce

Bartholomew Consolidated schools will be able to continue funding for programs to help kids graduate, to improve STEM classes in elementaries, and to help those with disabilities transition to jobs after school.

That’s after a $750,000 grant from the city of Columbus. Columbus Clerk-Treasurer Luann Welmer presented the school board with the $750 thousand dollar check last night.

Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts explains that the city made the grant of Tax Increment Financing District funds administered by the Columbus Redevelopment Commission. Because of the size of the grant, it also had to win approval from Columbus City Council.

TIF revenue is generated in the city’s tax increment financing districts, which siphon off rising property taxes from new investments, expansions and higher property values in certain zones slated for economic development.

The money will go toward the iGrad program to keep students in school, Science Technology Math and Engineering classes, and transitional assistance programs.

Roberts explains how the money helps improve the iGrad and STEM programs.

This year, the school district is including STEM classes and facilities at every elementary school in the district.