Thanks to a state grant, the newest school in Payette County acquired some of the funds necessary for its expansion in the coming years.

On Monday morning, Treasure Valley Classical Academy announced that the school was the recipient of a $1.25 million grant from the State of Idaho’s Communities of Excellence Federal Charter School Program.

“This grant will serve as another important stepping stone in our journey to grow our school and campus into a K-12 classical academy,” Principal Stephen Lambert said in the release. 

Lambert says the school has already decided the five ways in which the funding will be allotted: continue to provide full-day kindergarten free-of-charge to all students; acquire furniture, equipment and information technology as they continue to expand; launch after-school enrichment activities (competitive sports and visual and performing arts programs); continue to purchase content-rich curriculum and provide literature to students at no cost; expand and continue to hire faculty members.

TVCA, which opened its doors in the Fruitland Olde School in August, is serving students up to sixth grade and the plan is to expand every year until it is a full kindergarten through 12th grade school.

“There is a lot of strategic planning right now by the board,” Lambert said in an interview on Monday afternoon.

Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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