United Preparatory Academy – State Street Receives Facilities Grant from State of Ohio

Columbus, Ohio – United Preparatory Academy is the recipient of a $1.1 million grant from the Ohio Facilities Commission. The grant, announced Thursday, is awarded to schools that achieve high-performance benchmarks that only 10 percent of charter schools currently meet.

“This grant is a game-changer for our school,” said Ben Pacht, State Street School Director. “It will allow us to provide even more academic opportunities to further prepare our scholars for a future full of success. We are so grateful to the State of Ohio for recognizing our hardworking and high-achieving students.”

Application for funds was contingent upon raising a 1:1 match prior to submitting a grant request. This match, made possible through board members and generous donors and partners at The Columbus Foundation, will allow United Preparatory Academy to execute a $2.39 million renovation of the State Street campus, including an 8,000 square-foot addition that will house new science, art and music classrooms.

“This wouldn’t be possible without the unwavering partnership of Doug Kridler and The Columbus Foundation, and a whole host of generous donors,” said USN Founder and CEO, Andrew Boy. “We are lucky to be part of a community that supports and believes in both the success and the potential of our scholars.

The awards are the second round of grants under the first-of-its-kind funding opportunity created in 2015 by state lawmakers. More than $17 million was allocated last year to eight schools, bringing the total awarded so far to $21 million.

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About United Schools Network: USN is a nonprofit charter management organization that began as a single middle school, Columbus Collegiate Academy, in 2008. USN currently serves more than 700 students in four schools across grades K-4 and 6-8 and will grow to serve grades K-8 in 2018-19. USN admission is open to all students; academic proficiency is not considered in the admissions process. Seventy-five percent of USN students are of color and nearly one hundred percent are economically disadvantaged. Additional information about USN can be found at http://www.unitedschoolsnetwork.org.

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