The quarter millon classroom

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The entire $250,000 does not necessarily stay in the classroom, either. It helps to pay for a variety of school expenses that may or may not tie directly into teaching or learning: insurance for buildings and vehicles, electricity, water, building repairs or remodels, and gas for buses. The money also supports programs, positions and services: librarians, physical education, fine arts, computer labs, social workers, special education, nurses and lunch programs.

“As we look at the $250,000 per classroom, it is important to keep in mind that it is not just the classroom but the support which goes to keep a school and community producing high-quality graduates,” Nagel said.