A heavy cloud settled over Madera Unified School District on Friday when Superintendent Gustavo Balderas received news that the California Department of Education had denied the district’s application for a grant of more than $1 million to run its after-school programs.
However, the situation may not be as dire as was thought initially. According to Chuck Nichols, administrator of the state’s after-school programs, his department made a mistake in interpreting data from two Madera Schools. Nichols affirmed that in the case of those two schools, which remain unnamed, after-school grants are indeed possible.
Nichols told The Madera Tribune that each district application for an after-school grant is conducted on a school-by-school basis, and he was not able to comment on whether the same mistake had been made on the remainder of Madera’s schools.
According to Nichols, Madera Unified has until May 23 to appeal the after-school grant decision...