Elizabethton City School Board approves $2.3 million XQ Super School grant

John Thompson • Oct 23, 2018 at 9:58 PM

ELIZABETHTON — In one of the easiest and least suspenseful votes in the history of the Elizabethton Board of Education, the XQ Grant Agreement with Elizabethton High School was approved by a 3-0 vote, with Chairwoman Rita Booher, Susan Peters and Grover May voting for the agreement that will eventually provide $2.3 million to the school to carry out its Super School projects.

Board members Tyler Fleming and Phil Isaacs were absent.

The school has been affiliated with the XQ Super School program for the past two years, with the student-inspired Bartleby Program. XQ provided $200,000 for the start up and first two years of that program.

Under the new agreement between the school and XQ, Bartleby will change. Director of Schools Corey Gardenhour said the Bartleby name will be phased out in favor of XQ Super School Elizabethton High School.

The agreement comes after the school was selected by SQ to receive the full $2.3 million to be distributed over four years. XQ is a California nonprofit public benefit corporations organized and operated for charitable and educational purposes.

The agreement has detailed restrictions on how the grant money is to be spent, focusing on the XQ project and establishing performance milestones for the disbursement of funds.