Missouri's Outstanding Schools Act of 1993 established provisions for the implementation of a grant award program to institute A+ Schools and improve the education of high school students within the State of Missouri. Beginning in 1994, the A+ Schools Program has provided grant awards to Missouri's public school districts that demonstrate a commitment to ensure that the Program's goals are met in their high schools. Grants are available and applications are being accepted by Lincoln County R-III School District.
The goals are that all students:
1. Graduate from high school.
2. Complete a selection of high school classes that is challenging
and for which there are identified learner expectations.
3. Proceed from high school to a college, technical college, or a
high wage job with workplace skill development opportunities.
High schools that apply for the A+ status must outline a plan that includes innovative activities to make progress toward achieving these three goals. Activities include: building partnerships that include the high school, post secondary school, businesses, industries, community organizations, parents, and students; providing students with the motivation, skills, and knowledge to graduate from high school; integrating academic and vocational learning; and preparing students to select a career path focus and a program of study designed to meet academic standards established by the local school district.
The Lincoln County R-III School District received A+ Schools designation April 2010 and each succeeding year may be eligible to participate in the A+ Schools Financial Incentive Program.
The funding for the financial incentives is dependent upon Troy Buchanan High School maintaining its A+ Schools status and the availability of state appropriations from the Missouri General Assembly.