02-26-2008 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #29

F-17. 2007 Smaller Learning Communities Grant


The purpose of the Smaller Learning Communities funding opportunity, authorized under Title V, part D, subpart 4, section 5441 of the ESEA, is to promote academic achievement through the creation or expansion of small, safe, and successful learning environments in large public high schools to help ensure that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transition to college and careers.  The Smaller Learning Community program aligns with the goals of the district’s Secondary Schools of National Prominence initiative.


This grant provides financial incentives to encourage high schools to create or expand smaller learning communities through research-based restructuring.  Such strategies include small learning clusters of different types, flexible scheduling, personal adult advocates, teacher-advisory and other mentoring strategies, reduced teacher load, and other innovations designed to create a more personalized high school experience for students and improve student achievement.


There are no matching fund requirements for this proposal. 


A copy of the grant proposal will be located in the Office of State and Federal Projects.



Approve the writing and submission of the 2007 Federal Smaller Learning Communities grant on behalf of Astronaut, Cocoa, Eau Gallie, and Palm Bay High Schools in the amount of $6,750,000. The funding cycle is granted over a 60 month period with the first 36 months received upon approval.  The remaining 24 months funding will be subject to legislation and grant progress.  Grant proposal is due in Washington D.C. on or before February 25, 2008. 

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 2/12/2008
Consent after Information2/26/2008

Authority for Action
ESEA Title V, part D, subpart 4, section 5441

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Operating - Grant
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

Cost Center

Robin Ward