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Local Fort Leonard Wood school receives $300,000 STEM-focused grant

by Erin Kaberline | Jul 18, 2014

Waynesville School District expands science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) offerings

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri – July 18, 2014 – Waynesville R-VI School District recently received a $300,000 grant from the Department of Defense Educational Authority (DoDEA), which will help the school implement the first National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) college readiness program in the state of Missouri.
The NMSI college readiness program will focus on raising the academic bar in public schools and changing school leadership’s expectations of students. The program encourages more students to take college-level math and science courses and makes it easier by eliminating barriers, including cost.
The program has specifically demonstrated that more students can master rigorous math and science course work. Schools in the U.S. that implement the NMSI program see their first-year scores increase on average by 72 percent in math, science, and English.
For these reasons, DoDEA has partnered with NMSI. Currently, NMSI programs are impacting a high percentage of military children in 78 public high schools across 18 states. The organizations share a goal of ultimately reaching 200 military impacted schools.
The grant will help support an additional five advanced placement (AP) courses in the Waynesville R-VI School District and will bring the total number of AP courses to 13. The enrollment for AP courses for the 2014-15 school year has nearly doubled from the previous school year.
“Our district has been heavily involved in STEM education for several years. Since receiving a grant through DoDEA to increase our STEM offerings, our district has experienced significant growth in student enrollment in STEM courses. We see the addition of the NMSI AP program as the next step toward providing a challenging curriculum for our students that will prepare them for careers in STEM related fields,” said Waynesville R-VI superintendent Brian Henry.
Joe Driskill, executive director for the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership agreed. 
“The Waynesville R-VI School District is an incredible place for military children to receive an education. In the past 10 years, they have invested over $100 million into new and existing facilities and they are constantly strengthening their partnership with Fort Leonard Wood,” said Driskill.
The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) is a private, nonprofit organization. The SOP collaborates with organizations and stakeholders in the four county area surrounding Fort Leonard Wood and advocates for regional development projects, as well as for continued or expanded Army, Department of Defense, and other federal missions. The SOP focuses on initiatives that will improve the quality of life for area residents, Service Members, and their Families. For more information on the SOP, please go to or find us on Facebook.
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