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Grant lets schools offer free tutoring to underserved kids

Del Mar Middle School history teacher Ruth Ann Spike works with a student as part of the Reed Union School District’s new after-school tutoring program on April 6. (Elliot Karlan / For The Ark)

The Reed Union School District has launched an after-school tutoring program designed to serve some of its most vulnerable kids.

The program offers additional academic support to the district’s socioeconomically disadvantaged students, who can enroll free of charge thanks in part to a $117,000 Expanded Learning Opportunities grant from the state, money that must be used by school districts toward after-school or summer enrichment programs.

Other families can sign up for the tutoring, which is provided by Reed district teachers, if space is available, but must pay a fee, which helps offset costs not covered by the grant, said Brian Lynch, the Reed district’s director of student services. The current cost for nine weekly sessions is $225.

The program is administered through Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation, which handles the sign-up process and then bills the district, Lynch said, a partnership that allows the district to pay the participating teachers a higher hourly rate than it would otherwise be able to offer.

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