The heavy cloud that settled over Madera Unified School District when it learned from the California Department of Education that its application for an after school program had been denied has lifted.
At 12:30 Monday afternoon, the CDE confirmed to Superintendent Gustavo Balderas what the district already knew. The state, by misinterpreting the data, had made a mistake in denying funds for Learn4Life, the district’s after school program.
Fifteen schools in Madera Unified will receive grant funding from the State. Four schools were not funded because they do not meet the poverty level requirements. They are Howard, John Adams, Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson. Nevertheless, these schools will have an after-school program funded by the district, according to Balderas.
An ecstatic Marisa DiMauro notified the district’s principals of the good news immediately after receiving it...