Nine rural Berkshire County schools will get a little extra state aid this year because of a new program introduced by state Sen. Adam Hinds.

IBerkshires.com reports that Hinds secured $1.5 million to start a rural sparsely aid program in the state budget.

For schools in towns with less than 10 students per square mile and a per capita income below the state average, the state will give an additional $100 per student.

Hinds is hoping to expand the program next year.

Central Berkshire Regional School District, which serves students from a number of small, rural towns, will see $162,000 extra in state aid because of the program.

Others include Farmington River, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, Mount Greylock, Savoy, Southern Berkshire Regional School District, and Williamstown - all with various levels of additional support.