The Glen Rose Independent School Board on Monday night gave its approval to enter into an interlocal agreement with the city and county to jointly apply for a "Safe Routes to School" grant.

The federally funded program provides all of the cost to upgrade sidewalks, crossings and bicycle facilities to create safe routes for students who walk or ride bicycles to school.

Glen Rose is eligible for $500,000 per campus with the exception of the high school for a total of $1.5 million. The Texas Dept. of Transportation also will provide an additional $110,000 to $125,000 to cover engineering, administration and environmental assessment.

The program's first phase will be to assess existing routes and devise a plan for improvements. That process will take six to eight months. Then the assessment and plan will be submitted to TxDoT for approval.

The grant application would be submitted in 2012.

Under the agreement, the school district, city and county would pay one-third each of the $11,000 fee for Austin-based Grant Development Services, a firm that helps entities secure grants. Grant Development Services would perform all the assessment and planning and develop the grant application with input from an assessment team comprised of members from the city, county and school district.

The contract actually is between the firm and the City of Glen Rose since the routes to the schools are city property. The Glen Rose City Council earlier this month approved the contract.

The towns of Walnut Springs and Valley Mills already have received similar grants and are currently making upgrades.