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For Immediate Release: March 22, 2006
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Department of Education seeks supplemental service providers

Organizations interested in providing supplemental educational services under No Child Left Behind may apply now. The organizations must be equipped to provide high quality, research-based academic instruction in reading and math. Services are provided outside of the regular school day.

Each year, the South Dakota Department of Education develops a list of approved providers that can assist schools identified as “in improvement” under NCLB. These supplemental service providers offer free tutoring to eligible children enrolled at the school. The school district covers the cost of the service, so it is free to eligible families.

Supplemental service providers must meet certain requirements. Potential candidates include community agencies, private schools, individuals, child care centers, public schools, libraries, community colleges, universities, private companies, tutoring services, faith-based organizations and after-school programs.

A free information session for those interested in applying to become a supplemental service provider is set for April 5, 9-11 a.m., at the South Dakota State Library in Pierre. The session will address both the responsibilities of a supplemental service provider and the application process. To register for this session, call (605) 773-3218.

Applications are available online at (see “Recent Additions”) or by calling (605) 773-3218. The deadline to apply is May 15.