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Charter school gets federal grant for improving attendance & counseling

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A Buffalo area charter school is getting assistance in dealing with attendance and behavioral issues.  The Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) recently received a $575,700 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant program. In the next three years, CSAT will  implement the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support program for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.  

“These federal funds are essential to CSAT designing a behavior system that works for everyone: staff, students and our families. Our goal is to continuously improve and sustain attendance rates and overall academic achievement. We are thankful we have the opportunity to implement this program,” said Superintendent J. Efrain Martinez.

The program will work to improve attendance rates and expand counseling. With an increase in enrollment -- the school says it has outgrown its traditional discipline such as calls to parents, detention and suspensions.  This grant will allow new support of two more counselors, training and early intervention.  CSAT expects its enrollment to continue to grow through 2020.  

CSAT boasts a 98 percent graduation rate and offers rigorous academics, fine arts and athletic programming.  

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