MANCHESTER, NH – A proposal by Manchester School District earned the city a grant from the Barr Grant Foundation to redevelop West High School as the district moves forward with its redistricting plan and district-wide educational goals.
The $300,000 grant, “Preparing for Post-Secondary Success Through the Wider Learning Ecosystem,” will be used to “support the redesign process for Manchester West High School in New Hampshire as part of the Education Program’s regional project aimed at nurturing the development of high school models that leverage the wider learning ecosystem,” according to the Barr Foundation website.
Based in Boston, The Barr Foundation “focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts and creative expression,” connecting all students to success in high school and beyond. With assets of $1.7 billion, Barr is among the largest private foundations in New England and has contributed more than $834 million to charitable causes since 1999.
“We are committed to redesign the West High School model to meet the needs of our students with the support and meaningful engagement of the entire community,” Dr. Bolgen Vargas wrote in an email announcing the grant.