School Board gaining in grants

January 13, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Washington County Board of Education is being more aggressive than it has been in seeking competitive grants and, as a result, is receiving more grants, a board official said Monday.

During the current fiscal year that started July 1, 2003, the school board has received about $1.2 million in competitive grants, said Roger Giles, the school system's director of funded and special programs.

In comparison, the school board received $314,000 for the fiscal year that began July 1, 1999, according to district documents, Giles said.


School board employees are spending more time seeking out competitive government grants than in previous years, said Giles, who is in his second year in the position.

More government grants have been available to school districts since the No Child Left Behind Act was passed, he said. The federal act is designed to close the achievement gap between schools and to make sure all students are academically proficient.

Giles said he expects the number of grants awarded locally to continue to increase.

"You are going to see bigger and bigger grants as we get more savvy about how to garner these good awards," he said.

Giles said the competitive grants awarded to the school system during the current fiscal year include:

  • $77,000 one-year grant for Salem Avenue Elementary School for comprehensive school reform. The grant is renewable for three years.

  • $148,376 for Hancock Elementary School and $98,830 for Fountaindale Elementary School, for the third year of comprehensive school reform grants.

  • $151,000 for a math-science partnership in which teachers are given educational development.

  • $75,000 to provide hardware and software support at schools for educational programs.

  • $211,000 each year for three years to establish after-school community learning centers at Lincolnshire and Hickory elementary schools.

During the school year, the learning centers are run Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5:30 p.m., with two days of reading assistance and two days of math assistance, Giles said.

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