Strengthening Families' in Canastota

Before selecting which books best served the district's needs, the committee looked at what high-performing schools were using and researched each book series. They decided on Harcourt School Publishers/Holt/McDougal sequence of books.

Aside from the series progressing to the next grade level, the company offers support materials and staff training. It's customized to the state's curriculum, is student friendly and parents can access practice work online.

The cost is $81,500. Clarke said the math department can utilize its $71,000 budgeted text book money, plus $6,000 in Title I and $4,500 IDEA money to pay for the books.

"We can get almost everything we need this year and next year use stimulus money to get the rest," Clarke said.

After the district begins using the books, the committee will monitor student progress.

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