City considers aid to schools from redevelopment funds

Bartholomew Consolidated schools and the city of Columbus could team up to use redevelopment money for training and education.

Redevelopment director Heather Pope explains that the proposal would mean the city using up to $3 million in tax revenues from its tax increment financing districts to pay for projects in the school district.

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Pope said those projects are ones without regular funding sources from the state..

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The iGrad program seeks to prevent dropouts by partnering at-risk students with mentors.

The school district’s proposal would be for discussion and a possible vote by the city redevelopment commission next month.