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CASA GRANDE — The City Council may step in to help local third graders learn how to read.

The council will hear a presentation and a request for program space from Pinal Alliance for Economic Growth and its Achieve Pinal project on the AARP Literacy Third Grade Reading Pilot Program at Monday’s meeting.

The program partners adult volunteers over age 50 with third graders who need tutoring in reading.

The city, if the council approves, would provide the office space, some financial support and oversight of the program’s employees. The Casa Grande Elementary School District would provide volunteer training, some financial support and help select the students who would participate in the program. Achieve Pinal would help with fundraising, manage the nonprofit status of the program and provide outreach to the public.

The total cost for the first year of the project would be around $49,500. Pinal Alliance is asking the city to cover about $12,000 of the project’s cost for the next two years, plus provide office space and support through the city’s Community Services Department.

Also on the council’s study session at 5:30 p.m. Monday is a presentation on proposed amendments to the covenants, conditions and restrictions on property at the Donovan M. Kramer Sr. Industrial Park at the airport.

The council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 510 E. Florence Blvd. That meeting will include discussions on:

  • An amendment to a lease for the Pinal County Veterans Memorial at Ed Hooper Rodeo Park.
  • Approving appointments to the city Board of Adjustment and Planning and Zoning Commission.
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