Palma Language School has received the first of two emergency funding packages from the Spanish government, which includes an additional €1.5 million to support the school.
The Spanish government also said it would be able to cover the cost of hiring an additional Spanish language teacher and $1,200 in textbooks.
The package includes funding for the acquisition of new textbooks, the acquisition and production of instructional materials, the provision of laboratory equipment, training and other activities to support Spanish language students, and the transfer of the facility to a Spanish-speaking partner.
Palma has already received $2.5M in additional funding.
The school’s board of directors has been discussing the plan with the Spanish Ministry of Education since last month, said a statement from the board.
“We will now continue the negotiations with the government,” said the statement, which did not address what the funding will be used for.
Palmas board of trustees also met with Education Minister Jose Manuel González Pérez on March 25.
The government has promised to cover up to $3.6M in student fees for students from the school by 2019, according to the board’s statement.
The funding package includes a €1 million grant for the purchase of a second Spanish-language teacher and €500,000 for textbooks.
In addition, the Spanish Education Ministry said it was willing to cover for the cost for two additional Spanish- speaking teachers, which would bring the total number of teachers from the language school to six.
“This funding will allow us to provide our students with additional resources to enhance their learning and develop their understanding of Spanish,” said Palmas Board of Trustees Chairwoman María Luis Alvear.
“These students will now have the tools they need to better understand Spanish and become bilingual.”
Palmas is one of the most popular Spanish language schools in the country, with about 7,000 students from across the country attending classes each week.
Spanish is the language of instruction at the school, which also offers classes in other languages.
A second Spanish language class has been held every Thursday for students who have been unable to attend previous classes.
The other classes will be held once a week on Fridays.
The program is intended to be a learning opportunity for students, said Elisabeth Péz, a spokesperson for the Spanish language education agency.
“Students should be able have a dialogue with the teachers and learn and grow as a person,” she said.
“What we want to do is provide the language learners with the tools to do that.”
Palma also received a €500 donation from the federal government in the form of a grant in the amount of $1.8 million to be used to cover teacher salaries, materials and the cost to purchase equipment for the school’s classroom.
Spanish language teachers in other Spanish-medium schools across the U.S. have also received funding from the U,S.
government to pay their salaries and expenses.