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City native’s group awarded $375,000 to support inner-city education

The Columbus Foundation has awarded $375,000 to United Schools Network in support of high-performing public charter schools for urban neighborhoods in the city.

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Andrew Boy, a native of Bellefontaine, is the CEO of USN, and said, “The partnership between The Columbus Foundation and USN will ensure that a greater number of underserved students in Columbus receive a high quality education.”

United Schools Network was created to support the replication and expansion of Columbus Collegiate Academy, a public charter school founded by Mr. Boy. The school has received local and national acclaim for its academic success, twice winning the national EPIC Award making them one of the best charter middle schools in the country.

“While the big picture of the future shape and direction of Columbus City Schools is being considered by the mayor, the Education Commission and the residents of Columbus, it is important we don’t overlook the importance of supporting education models that are high achieving, right now, right here. United Schools Network is that, and more,” stated Douglas Kridler, president and CEO of the Columbus Foundation.

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CCA is one of five schools within Columbus City Schools’ boundaries to receive an “Excellent” rating from the Ohio Department of Education. Students participate in a longer school day, wear uniforms, adhere to a rigorous code of conduct, and complete challenging homework assignments daily.

“This generous grant will help USN serve five times the number of students,” said Mr. Boy. “We will use the funds to advance our strategic plan to grow from 250 students to over 1,200 students and from 25 staff members to 115 staff members by 2018.”

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