MCCS Awarded Coveted SIG Grant Due To Dedication Of District Duo

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Earlier this year the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced they would be accepting applications from school districts across the state, for an opportunity to receive a three-year School Improvement Grant (SIG) that would begin this school year. Out of 67 school districts in Florida, only 11 districts were awarded the grant money. Madison County Central School (MCCS) was not only one of those 11, but was also the highest rated application for receiving the grant. Beginning with this 2014-2105 school year, MCCS received $1.06 million from the grant, and will receive the same amount for the following two school years.
The grant was received due to the efforts of Cheryl James, Coordinator of Federal Programs at the district office in Madison, and Dale Rickards, Coordinator of Online Learning Technology, also at Madison’s district office, who wrote the grant proposal, while working with a Community Assessment Team (CAT) made up of school administration, churches, teachers, students and businesses. Both James and Rickards said the grant was very competitive and that stringent guidelines came with the writing of the grant proposal. The guidelines proved to be so strict that when the deadline approached, FLDOE extended the proposal due date to allow districts time to finish their proposals. At first James and Rickards weren’t happy about the extension because they had carefully followed all the checkmarks for writing the proposal and were among the first district to finish, even after working on a second rewrite. In retrospect, the duo understands now that by taking advantage of the extra time and making the decision to completely rewrite their proposal, it earned the district the coveted grant.
In rewriting the grant for a third time, the two dedicated women began looking for a way to write the proposal that would set them apart. The rewrite resulted in a grid using the Five Essentials Elements of Successful School Turnarounds (stressed by the state and School Superintendent Doug Brown) which consists of Leadership, Instructional Improvement, Curriculum, School Climate and Parent and Community Involvement; charted against Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching Effectiveness which includes four domains consisting of Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction and Professional Responsibilities. This…TO CONTINUE READING THIS STORY CLICK HERE OR PICK UP A COPY OF THE OCTOBER 22, 2014 EDITION OF THE MADISON COUNTY CARRIER…
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Rose Klein

Written by Rose Klein