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Sat June 20, 2009

Stimulus Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Schools to get money for nutrition


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Department of Education has awarded 200 Oklahoma schools more than $1.5 million in federal economic stimulus money for child nutrition.

The agency says the money is separate from funding schools received from the economic stimulus package for special education and Title I programs for math and reading.

School district administrators applied for grants and will use the money for equipment such as ovens, freezers and dishwashers.

State Superintendent Sandy Garrett said Friday that the department received 833 applications requesting more than $23 million.

Garrett says applications were ranked using such criteria as the percentage of students at each site who qualified for free and reduced-priced meals, average daily participation in school meals and the type and cost of the child nutrition equipment they wished to purchase.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.