AUGUSTA — A struggling Maine elementary school will receive extra funding from the state to help boost student performance.

Maine’s Department of Education announced Thursday that Montello Elementary School in Lewiston will receive a $1.8 million grant through the federal School Improvement Grant program.

The state says that Montello is one of the state’s lowest-achieving schools, with student proficiency below state and district averages in all subjects. It received an “F” on the state’s grading scale for schools.

Among other things the funding will go toward curriculum reform and professional development.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage says in a statement that the funding will ensure that the students have access to the quality education they deserve.

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