“This much-needed money will help schools implement effective action plans and provide critical resources to help students succeed,” he added. Locally, the grant amounts were: Evergreen Elementary, $232,400; Aeolian Elementary, $191,200; Huerta Elementary, $144,400; and Norwalk High, $959,200. At the 550-student Evergreen Elementary, where about 70 percent of students are English learners, Principal Gabriela Tavitian said the extra money will allow officials there to purchase a TOSA – or “teacher on special assignment.” That teacher would work “with third-, fourth- and fifth-graders during the day to help them in reading, writing or math,” he said. “We’re really excited about the possibilities,” Tavitian said. “We’ll keep on implementing standards and having immediate interventions, so we expect next year it should bring a big growth \ for the school.” WHITTIER – Four Whittier-area schools have been approved to receive a combined $1.5 million in grants to improve student learning and school academic performance. Evergreen, Aeolian and Huerta elementary schools, as well as Norwalk High School, were among a second group of schools to receive grant money from the state’s High Priority Schools Grant Program. More than $101 million will be handed out through the program this year to schools that ranked in the lower half of the 2005 Base Academic Performance Index, the state’s measuring stick for school performance. “These grants are designed to help tens of thousands of additional students in low-performing schools,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said in a statement. The grant-receiving schools will each get $400 per student annually for up to four years, officials said. But the recipients also must also raise their API rankings by at least 10 points over the next three years. “The purpose of this funding is really to help us fill in the gap of resources that schools are suffering from,” said Norwalk High Principal Dina Wilson. “We have a good staff, a good group of students and community support,” she added. “And with the extra funding, we’ll bring Norwalk High students up to be competitive with everyone else and enhance the programs we already have.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!