Story Archives: Deadline nears for Franklin schools to compete for stimulus money
|Deadline nears for Franklin schools to compete for stimulus money|
School officials in Franklin Parish have less than two weeks to make a decision to apply for participation in the U.S. Dept. of Education's "Race to the Top" (R2T) initiative. The federal education program is designed to encourage school development and growth by offering districts stimulus grants for classroom resources and professional training.
In order to qualify for part of the $4.3 billion in stimulus funds, the schools must voluntarily commit to the stipulations set forth in the draft. However, the money is appropriated for instruction only and cannot be used for general expenses. Voluntary participation in the program qualifies the district to receive as much as $1.5 million per school.
The board will convene for their regular board meeting on Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m. to take action regarding the participation in the R2T initiative.
In other news, parish students receiving exemplary scores on the iLeap standardized test and regional LACUE award winners will also be honored during the regular board meeting.
Other agenda items to be discussed during the next board meeting include the election of school board officers and the approval of a lease on the Franklin Parish High School football field to the semi-pro team.