State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the release of $368,680 in “Straight A” grant funding for Fairport Harbor Exempted Village. The funding will help the school district create “Startup Fairport: College, Career and Community Success”, an incubator project to support student-run startups. Rogers announced initial state approval of the grant application in late June.
“I am delighted to see the state’s recommendation and approval to expand innovation and opportunity for students in Northeast Ohio,” said Rogers. “Encouraging children to dream big, come up with creative business plans and learn how to market their products will have a positive impact as they prepare to graduate and enter the workforce.”
The “Straight A Fund” was established to help schools launch creative new ideas for improving education and to transform Ohio’s education system into one that meets the unique needs of every student in every classroom. The Ohio Department of Education received over 141 grant applications for over 400 schools. Fairport Harbor Exempted Village was one of 90 schools awarded $14.8 million in overall funding statewide.
The Governing Board approved the project at Fairport Harbor Exempted Village in June, but today marks the official project approval and release of state funding to begin the start-up.