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Multimillion-dollar federal grant will boost services at Marble Falls High School

MARBLE FALLS — A federally funded $3 million-$5 million grant administered over the next three years is giving Marble Falls High School an economic shot in the arm.

The money will assist with professional development, instructional coaches to work with teachers and improving freshmen reading skills, said Principal Eric Penrod.

“Schools dream of this,” he added. “It could not be a better time for us to receive this grant. And it’s going to allow us to start doing things now — not some time in the future.”

Officials with the Marble Falls Independent School District learned Aug. 4 the campus is a “preliminary recipient” of the Texas Title 1 Priority School Grant.

Like other school districts, MFISD is looking at possible budget cutbacks down the road thanks to a $4 billion reduction in education funding from the Legislature.

It’s also some welcome good news for the high school.