PORTLAND — Parents of students at Riverton Community School have been invited to a public meeting on Thursday to learn more about a $3.4 million federal school-improvement grant that the school has received.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the elementary school off outer Forest Avenue.

The Maine Department of Education announced Thursday that it accepted Riverton’s grant application, which calls for a wide variety of new student programs and staff development efforts to improve curriculum and instruction over the next three years.

Riverton was eligible for the grant because it was identified as one of the 10 persistently lowest-performing schools in Maine that receive or qualify for federal Title I funding for underprivileged students.

Riverton has 460 students; 73 percent qualify for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch; 48 percent are learning to speak English; 15 percent receive special education services.

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