03-23-2010 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #28


Title
Magnet Schools Assistance Grant

Discussion

The Office of School Choice is requesting to write and submit an application for the 2010 Magnet Schools Assistance program whose purpose is to provide innovative and challenging programing for all students while balancing student demographics. Three elementary schools were selected based on student demographics and academic need. The three schools are Cambridge, Endeavor, and Riviera. Each have agreed to participate in this three year program if awarded.

The  Partnership for 21st Century Schools framework will support the individual school themes while incorporating an emphasis on technology, foreign language, and meeting other program requirements. The use of the 21st Century School framework directly supports a District Strategic Plan initiative to develop 21st Century Schools. Individual school teams are currently designing their unique theme structures to meet the submission deadline.

The grant proposed budget may total $6 million over three years. No match from the district is required.



Recommendation
Approval to permit the writing and submission of the Magnet Schools grant by May 3, 2010.

Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 3/23/2010

Authority for Action
General duties and powers of the Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Operating - Grant

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
10-136,000,000TBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD

Contact

Ms. Vicki Mace, Director Office of School Choice ext. 395

Dr. Sherry Meaders, District Grant Writer ext. 374