School Board Receives $5,000 from NSBA | Kent School District

Grand prize winner Kent School District Board receives prize money to benefit iGrad program

The Kent School District Board of Directors was presented with the grand prize Magna Award from the National School Boards Association at the award celebration held at their 74th annual conference in New Orleans.

KSD was recognized for initiative in establishing iGrad, a student re-engagement program developed in partnership with Green River Community College for students who have dropped out of school.

The KSD Kinder to College program received honorable mention.

The grand prize includes a $5,000 check to benefit iGrad programming. Winners were highlighted in a special section in the April issue of the American School Board Journal.

Winning entries are posted on the Magna Awards website and added to the program’s searchable best practices database. Both can be found at

The NSBA Magna Awards recognize school boards for taking bold, innovative steps to improve their educational programs.

KSD was selected among 300 submissions and won in the over-20,000 students category.

“The demand for our program shows how eager people are to succeed. iGrad is another way we provide equal access to education for all,” said school board President Debbie Straus in a statement.

Since iGrad’s opening in 2012, 156 students have received their credentials with 25 diplomas, 130 GEDs, and 1 professional certificate. Enrollment this school year more than doubled from last year to 564 students. As a result of its success, iGrad expanded its facility to accommodate more students.

The Kinder to College program invites kindergartners and parents to visit local college campuses to experience college and gain a vision of what is possible for their future. As part of the program, students engage in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics learning activity facilitated by the college to show them academic areas of the highest projected job growth of the future, while parents observe and are able to continue the engagement at home.



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