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HOLLY HILL - Orangeburg Consolidated School District Three has received a $6 million Magnet School of America Grant through the U.S. Department of Education for the development of a magnet school, Dr. Cynthia Cash-Greene, district superintendent, announced Friday.

The district will receive $2,152,025 annually for three years, for a total of $6,456,075.

Cash-Greene said the district received word about the grant award from U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint.

A press conference officially announcing receipt of the grant will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the OCSD Three Office, 1654 Camden Rd., Holly Hill.

"Our school board, local politicians, community leaders and district employees will be present to support the launch of this very exciting educational journey," Cash-Greene said.

During a school board meeting earlier this year, Cash-Greene said the grant will provide training and materials to the district's staff through the International Baccalaureate and STEMS programs.

As part of the grant application process to secure the federal funding for the magnet school, the OCSD Three Board of Trustees agreed to the terms of a voluntary desegregation plan.

Last fall, consultants from New York-based Metis Associates Inc. met with the administration and the trustees to discuss information the district was required to provide to be eligible for the funding.

"The goal of the grant is to reduce minority isolation," Bonnie Moskos, the district's executive director of curriculum and instruction, said earlier this year. "We're trying to get our kids back; we feel we could best educate them."

At that meeting, Cash-Greene said there were "over 200 students who are actually opting out of our district."



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